And, for the sake of our political ethics (there are two words you don't see together ever). let's hope that Gov. Christie didn't know any more than what he's saying he knew. I've never been convinced Gov. Christie should be president, but that's what campaigns are for. If he runs, he needs to lay out his vision for the country's future. He will have a record as to how he conducts himself in office thanks to his years as governor.
That record will include his words at yesterday's press conference. If no other shoes drop, I think he will have comported himself quite well. He fired a close staffer, he told another friend to not run to for state party chair and to end his consultancy with the Republican Governors Association which Christie now heads. He took responsibility, took action, went to Fort Lee and apologized to the mayor and the citizens there.
I'm not sure what else he could have done at this stage except maybe make it clearer that he was more upset about the inconvenience to commuters than to his staff lying to him.
The only thing that will hurt him beyond this is if he has lied at all about what he knew and when he knew it. No reason to believe otherwise as we speak, but you can be sure that with lawsuits pending and with the Democrats in the state legislature reviewing this matter, if anything hasn't come out, it will. I have to believe Christie is a smart enough pol to know that and that he isn't hiding anything.
In a way, if nothing else comes out, this episode, politically, may wind up helping him. When wrongs were pointed out, he took quick and decisive action. And that's what we want from our leaders, isn't it?