Christie: Aide fired for lies, role in traffic jam

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, center, sits with her attorney Michael Critchley, left, and defense team member attorney Edmund DeNoia, right, during a hearing Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Attorneys for Kelly and former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien were in court to try to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the political payback scandal ensnaring Christie's administration. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Chris Pedota, Pool)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, center, sits with her attorney Michael Critchley, left, and defense team member attorney Edmund DeNoia, right, during a hearing Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Attorneys for Kelly and former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien were in court to try to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the political payback scandal ensnaring Christie's administration. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Chris Pedota, Pool)

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the aide he fired for lying about her involvement in a political payback scandal would have been dismissed even if she’d told the truth.

The aide, Bridget Kelly, was fired in January after emails revealed she set a traffic jam plot in motion with an email in which she says, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

A resident at a town hall with Christie on Thursday told the governor he should have fired Kelly for tying up traffic, which delayed school buses and emergency vehicles.

It’s the first time the governor has been asked by a resident at a town hall about the plot, apparently orchestrated by Christie loyalists to target a Democrat. Christie has denied involvement.

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