Crisis management and public relations experts have widely praised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for the way he handled his nearly 2-hour press conference on Thursday. But there was one slipup that has gone relatively unreported thus far. Yesterday afternoon, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that Christie claimed he has lost two days of sleep over the ‘Bridgegate’ incident… but he had previously said he only found out about his aides’ involvement in the scandal Wednesday morning.
This is how Christie first explained the timing of the scandal:
CHRISTIE: I was done with my workout yesterday morning and got a call from my communications director at about 8:50, 8:55 informing me of this story that had just broken on the Bergen Record website. That was the first time I knew about this, that was the first time I had seen any of the documents that were revealed yesterday… If people find that hard to believe, I don’t know that else to say except to tell them that I had no knowledge this, the planning, the execution or anything about it. And that I first found out about it after it was over.
Later on in the presser, however, in a response to a question from CNN’s John King, Christie suggested he had been aware of the scandal for a bit longer.
CHRISTIE: I haven’t had a lot of sleep for the past two nights and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. I’m sick over this. I have worked for the last 12 years in public life developing a reputation for honesty and directness and blunt talk, one that I think is well deserved.
“The first fight was back pain, and the second night was the scandal,” Pat joked.
“These guys are getting away with it because the people [keep saying], ‘Stop making fun.’ ‘Stop saying these things.’ No! Don’t make excuses for these people,” Glenn concluded. “Just because you think they’re on your side… [Well], first of all, he is not on your side. I don’t want a dirt bag. I don’t want a guy who will go and exact pain.”
Check out Limbaugh’s analysis below:
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