New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said he will travel to Fort Lee to apologize to residents over staff actions that led to traffic jams in their community.
Christie, in a nearly two-hour news conference in which he said he was sad, hurt and humiliated by the events, said he was “blindsided” by the release of e-mails and text messages that bolstered claims that the traffic jams were meant to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who did not endorse Christie’s re-election campaign.

Christie said he was “digging in” and asking questions to find out more about what led to the scandal.

Commenting on criticisms of his management style, Christie said, “I am not a bully.” But he added that he is “soul searching” about what created an environment in which his staff felt they had to lie to him.

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