Chris Christie's town hall meetings aren't as fun for him as they used to be. At several of the events this week, a trademark of his pre-scandal governing style, Christie has been accosted by voters about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. At last, he's answered one of the four questions he skipped during his January press conference.
At Christie's January press conference — which stretched to nearly two hours, as the governor pointed out three times — he described firing deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly. Kelly was the sender of the infamous "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. Christie said he fired her for lying about being involved. At the time, we noted that Christie left open the question of if she could have kept her job by being honest.
On Thursday, Christie traveled to Flemington, New Jersey, to answer questions from residents. One began his question charmingly, complimenting the slimmed-down governor's appearance and inviting him over for drinks. But then he pivoted to ask precisely the question posed above
Emphasis added here: "After Bridget Kelly told you that she had lied to you about her involvement with the closing of the lanes, the next day you had a press conference and said you fired her because she lied to you. … I think that is a very self-centered reason for firing people. Her real offense was being involved in the shutting down of the George Washington Bridge. I don't know if it's illegal; it sure smells bad. … You made the firing contingent on the lie, at least that's what you said in the press conference. The firing should be contingent on the involvement in an illegal act."