Huffpost Politics

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich Conflicted On Chris Christie's Role In Bridge Scandal

Posted: Updated:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Democratic mayor of a New Jersey town at the center of a traffic jam scandal says he wants to believe Republican Gov. Chris Christie had no involvement but is having a difficult time buying it.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (SAHK'-oh-lich) on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday called Christie's assertion that he was unaware his staff engineered the closing of two lanes of the George Washington Bridge "a difficult pill to swallow."

Christie went to Fort Lee on Thursday to personally apologize to Sokolich after emails among the governor's aides appeared to show the lanes were blocked to punish the mayor for not endorsing Christie's re-election bid.

Sokolich says Christie was candid.

The mayor says, "I take him at his word. There's just a lot of stuff there, though."

Also on HuffPost:

Chris Christie Is Absolutely Shocked
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich Responds To Chris Christie Bridge ...

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich: I take Chris Christie 'at his word ...

Mayor Mark Sokolich to Chris Christie: 'Don't call me' - Jose DelReal ...

So, Christie Says He Couldn't Pick Fort Lee Mayor 'Out of a Lineup ...

Christie: 'I Apologized' To Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich « CBS New ...

Democratic mayor in bridge scandal says he takes Christie at his word

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich: I take Chris Christie at his word

Christie, Fort Lee mayor meet over GWB scandal

In Bridge Scandal, a Slight Heard Around the World

Fort Lee mayor takes more measured tone after meeting with Christie