Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this weekend, saying Christie’s administration overlooked the George Washington Bridge scandal the same way the White House misses things like Bengazi and the IRS scandal.
“The reality is: things go wrong in an administration,” Giuliani told ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” Sunday morning. “During campaign mode, you miss a lot of things. You’re not paying as much attention. We see that with Benghazi.”
“You’re talking about him saying he didn’t know there was any scandal involved in this,” said host Martha Raddatz. “He had to know there was all this traffic.”
“Things happen in an administration,” Giuliani said. “Things happen when you’re running for reelection. After the fact it seems like ‘How didn’t they know?’ but the reality is you miss a lot of things, when you’re running a government that’s as complicated as New Jersey, New York or the United States … It’s happened to the present president at least three or four times, where he said, ‘I didn’t know,’ and the press asked, ‘Well, how could he not have known?’”
Raddatz asked what it says about Christie that his aides were involved in the retaliatory bridge closures behind the governor’s back.
“What about the culture of that office? What does it say about Chris Christie that they would think they could do something like that?” she asked.
“This is what happens in political operations: people get wrong messages,” Giuliani said. “It happens all the time. I go back to the IRS scandal. People in the IRS thought President Obama wanted them to do this, when President Obama didn’t want them to do this.”
Giuliani did caution, however, that if Christie is not being forthright about his involvement in the scandal it could ruin his political career.
"If, for some reason, it’s not true, the man has put his political career completely at risk if it turns out there is some evidence that he knew about it,” Giuliani added. “He’s taken the complete risk that his political career is over. I don’t think he’d do that if there’s any suggestion he knew about this.”