By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/14/14 03:47 PM EST
During his State of the State address on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) again accepted full responsibility for the George Washington Bridge lane closures that have grown into a full-blown scandal for the potential presidential candidiate.
“The last week has certainly tested this Administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better. Much better,” Christie said.
“I am the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch - both good and bad,” the Republican governor added.
Christie’s aides privately admit his only chance to move past the controversy lies in refocusing on governing New Jersey, and his Tuesday address was the first step down that path.
He spent the rest of the speech touting the accomplishments of his first term and outlining proposals for school and tax reform and crime reduction that he plans to pursue during his second term.
But the renewed focus on New Jersey may not be enough to move past the scandal, as new details emerge about the extent of his administration’s involvement in the bridge closures as payback against a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his re-election, and as another New Jersey elected official comes forward to accuse the Christie administration of further political retribution.
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