Christie: 'Mistakes Were Clearly Made'
He opens state-of-the-state address with acknowledgement of bridge scandal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 2:51 PM CST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his annual address Tuesday at the Statehouse in Trenton.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – It is generally not a good thing when a governor has to begin his annual state-of-the-state address with a promise to "cooperate with all appropriate inquiries." But such is the case in New Jersey, where Chris Christie addressed Bridgegate right off the bat this afternoon, reports CNN. The Star-Ledger has the full text of the speech, but here are some relevant quotes:

  • "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."
  • "I am the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch—both good and bad."
  • "Without a doubt we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to ensure this breach of trust does not happen again."
  • "What has occurred does not define us or our state."