DNC slams Christie in ad

A new video from the Democratic National Committee paints New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as hypocritical for decrying the “callous” tone of his staff by highlighting past clips of Christie shouting down critics in public.

It builds Democrats’ case that Christie has, in fact, fostered a culture of intimidation within his administration that led to Christie staffers orchestrating the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in an act of political retribution against a Christie detractor.

“Yesterday, Chris Christie fired a top staffer citing his ‘callous’ tone. Christie argued this was not reflective of the culture he’s created in his office. But, over the last four years, this ‘callous indifference’ is exactly the tone we have seen over and over again from Christie,” said DNC spokesman Michael Czin.

“It’s clear that Chris Christie absolutely created and fostered a culture in his office where this type of tone was considered appropriate. Maybe Christie should hold himself to the same standard.”

During a Thursday press conference addressing new emails that linked his administration to the lane closures, which snarled traffic in Fort Lee, N.J. for four days in September, Christie announced he had removed his former campaign manager Bill Stepien from consideration for the NJ GOP chairmanship and from his position advising the Republican Governors Association.

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