By Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
(CNN) — As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fights back against the biggest political controversy of his career, he’s under fire, as expected, from opportunistic attacks from the left.
But there are plenty within his own party who may also be pleased to see the tough-talking Republican governor get a bit of a comeuppance.
The party’s conservative base has never warmed to Christie. And he angered other Republicans with his 2012 Republican National Convention speech that was more about him than the party’s nominee Mitt Romney.
And some will never forgive him for his public embrace of President Barack Obama who was surveying damage in New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy just days before the presidential election.
By Aliyah Frumin
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held a nearly two-hour long press conference on Thursday in response to the damning emails indicating some of his staffers were involved in closing the lanes of the George Washington Bridge to punish a local Democratic mayor, there was an expectation America would hear about the many people who were inconvenienced.
Instead – in Christie’s approximately 15-minute opening remarks alone – viewers heard the governor say “I” 114 times and “me” or “my” 42 times. At the end of the day, the person who seemed hurt the most was Christie himself.
Among Christie’s “woe is me” declarations were:
-“Lying to me is not an exhibition of loyalty”
-“It’s a sad day for me.”
-“I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here.”
-“I am embarrassed and humiliated.”
Christie, a Republican establishment favorite to run for president in 2016, made sure to hammer home one point in particular: I am definitely not to blame. Did I mention, I’m not to blame?
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but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”