Bridgegate made Christie 'less trusting,' more reluctant to delegate, governor says

By Claude Brodesser-Akner | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on April 15, 2015

TRENTON — Bridgegate has changed the way the Chris Christie governs, the New Jersey governor disclosed in New Hampshire on Tuesday, saying it's forced him to delegate less reflexively, and to be "less trusting and ask more questions."

"At my core, I'm a trusting person," Christie told the editorial board of the Manchester Union-Leader on Monday during a week-long trip to the Granite State promote his views on pension reform.

"I believe in the honesty of other people. And I think, for me, I'm also someone who likes to delegate responsibility to people and let them perform and so I'm probably going to have a tighter rein on that. I have since we've gone forward. I ask more questions than I used to before, even of people that I have a lot of trust in."

On Wednesday in Manchester, Christie was on the receiving end of more than a few Bridgegate barbs. One patron of a local diner told him laughingly, "When I was told you were coming, I personally made sure that the bridges were gonna stay open." The restaurant erupted into laughter, which Christie took in stride. A second patron told him that he had actually been stuck in the infamous Fort Lee traffic jam.

"Oh really?" asked Christie, who was then informed it occurred on the night of the patron's wedding anniversary.

"How'd it go?" Christie asked, turning to exit, "Not well, huh?"

The second patron later recanted his story, saying he'd been caught in a different jam at the George Washington bridge some months later, but had conflated the event with Bridgegate.

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