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Rudy Giuliani: 'Fifty-Fifty' Chance Chris Christie Knew About George Washington Bridge Scandal

01/30/2014 04:45 pm 16:45:28 | Updated Jan 31, 2014

A few weeks after publicly defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's role in the George Washington Bridge scandal, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani added a fresh thread to his thoughts on the controversy.

In an interview with WABC radio's Geraldo Rivera obtained by Capital New York, Giuliani said it's "fifty-fifty" that Christie was aware of fired aide Bridget Kelly's discussions that led to the lane closures.

"It leaves you with no possible way of knowing did she discuss it with him or didn't she discuss it with him," Giuliani said, according to the Capital New York report.

Giuliani's Thursday comments marked a stark contrast from his thoughts three weeks earlier. On Jan. 9, Christie issued a public apology at a press conference, saying he was "sad" and "heartbroken" over his aides' betrayal. Hours later, Giuliani appeared on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," dismissing the bridge scandal as a stupid political prank.

"Politically stupid things, political pranks that turn bad, all that other stuff, every administration -- don't tell me this doesn't happen in the Obama administration, the Clinton administration, the Bush administration," Giuliani said.

A few days later, Giuliani again gave Christie the benefit of the doubt, telling ABC's This Week that it's "pretty darn credible" if Christie "says he didn't know." Coupled with that vote of confidence was Giuliani's belief that should Christie not be telling the truth, his political career was "completely at risk."

“He’s taken the complete risk that his political career is over," Giuliani added. "I don’t think he’d do that if there’s any suggestion he knew about this.”

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