Our Quote of the Day is from today’s press conference with Gov. Chris Christie. Christie faced press questions after the resignation, effective immediately, of his top political appointee at Port Authority, Bill Baroni. That came today, after problematic on-the-record Baroni testimony, seemingly contradicted days later by PA Exec Patrick Foye. Baroni’s the second Christie man down at PA, after David Wildstein’s resignation days ago, days after Wall Street Journal identified the longtime Christie friend, and PolitickerNJ founder, as the guy who ordered sudden lane closures that left Fort Lee in traffic chaos for days – 2 weeks after Fort Lee’s mayor refused to endorse Christie.
Christie is accustomed to running every room he steps into, particularly when reporters are present. This time, the questions were dogged, and Christie didn’t always get past them with glib answers. But his damage control efforts made for some twisted syntax, which was noted both at Daily Kos, and here by Ian Reifowitz. Marvel at it:
“I am ultimately responsible for every person that I put into this government and the actions they take. That’s different, obviously, than direct responsibility. But ultimate responsibility? Sure. I understand that.”
– Gov. Chris Christie 12/13/13