Gov. Christie says Bridgegate happened because he's too trusting

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday the Bridgegate scandal occurred because he is too trusting and likes to delegate.

The remarks came during a meeting with a newspaper editorial board in New Hampshire.

The lane closures that caused massive traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 led to a federal investigation.

The New York Times reported that indictments may be near in the bridge scandal. The governor's aides were accused of closing down lanes in Fort Lee in an act of political retribution.

Christie says as a result he is now less trusting and asks more questions of his staff.

The Republican governor is visiting New Hampshire, site of the first 2016 presidential primary, as he ponders a possible run for the White House.

Also Tuesday, Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would confront the nation's "biggest challenges in an honest way."