Pataki: Christie’s presidential run ‘damaged severely’ by Bridgegate scandal

Former Republican New York Gov. George Pataki says New Jersey’s governor’s presidential ambitions have been “damaged severely” by the Bridgegate scandal, according to published reports.

Pataki told Newsmax TV’s John Bachman that Gov. Chris Christie can survive the scandal if an inquiry into the matter finds lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed by people in his staff operating in “a rogue matter.”

“We just have to wait and see over the next few weeks what happens, but, clearly, someone who had been the frontrunner has been damaged severely and we have to take a look,” Pataki said on Newsmax TV Monday.

“Like everyone else, I have no idea what Gov. Christie did or did not know, but a year from now that will be clear. And, at that point, either the governor will have been exonerated and in a position to run or not, in which case we won’t be talking about it anymore,” he said. “The long-term damage to Christie’s reputation and political aspirations will depend, though, on how much the governor or others in his administration knew what was going on.” 

Pataki: Christie’s presidential run ‘damaged severely’ by Bridgegate scandal