Governor Chris Christie said he won’t let federal prosecutors probing the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal dictate the timing of a presidential announcement.
Surrounded by reporters on a sidewalk outside Caesario’s Pizza in Manchester, New Hampshire, the New Jersey Republican was asked whether he’s waiting for U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s investigation to end before making his intentions known.
“It certainly is not what will make my decision,” he said during the rare question-and-answer session. “I’ll make that decision.”
Fishman is probing politically motivated closings of lanes leading to the bridge to Manhattan that crippled traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 2013. Several Christie allies or appointees resigned or were fired over the affair. The New York Times reported April 8 that an announcement of indictments may come this week.
Christie, himself a former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, said he’ll announce a decision on a White House run in late May or June.
“These investigations take a little longer, and I’m certainly not going to be urging the U.S. attorney to do anything, other than to do his job in a fair and responsible way,” he said.
The New Hampshire scrum lasted just under 10 minutes. Christie last held a Statehouse news conference in New Jersey more than five months ago.
After the exchange, Christie roamed the city’s main drag and greeted a block-long line of families queued up for free ice-cream cones at Ben & Jerry’s.