Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich listens to a question at a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Sokolich called it "appalling" that traffic jams appear to have been deliberately created at the George Washington Bridge for three days in September 2013. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in an attempt to avoid damage from a scandal that could undermine his presidential prospects, said Thursday he has fired a top aide who apparently created traffic jams as part of a political vendetta. Christie denied any knowledge of the scheme. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Thursday, January 09, 2014 6:54 pm
Christie apologizes to NJ mayor for traffic jams
The Associated Press
Christie says that he had a "very good, productive meeting" late Thursday at the Fort Lee municipal building with Mayor Mark Sokolich and that the mayor accepted his apology.
Christie says his administration has to work to regain the trust of Fort Lee residents.
The mayor told The Record newspaper that the governor had taken "a big step" in doing so by coming to Fort Lee, and that he appreciated Christie's visit.
Christie also publicly apologized at a Trenton news conference Thursday morning after emails appeared to show a top aide wanted highway lanes near the George Washington Bridge closed in September because the mayor wasn't endorsing Christie. Christie fired the aide.