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Chris Christie bridge scandal in 9 bullet points

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- Newly-published emails show New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, was involved in an incident last September when lanes of the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, N.J. were closed for 4 days.

- "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Kelly wrote. A Port Authority appointee who ordered the closing, David Wildstein replied "Is it wrong that I'm smiling?"

- Christie faced accusations that the lanes were blocked in retaliation over Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich's refusal to endorse Christie for re-election last November.

- Christie maintains he was "misled" and had no knowledge of his staff's apparent involvement in the lane closures, but made a public apology Thursday. "I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey," he said. "I am embarrassed and humiliated...I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here."

VIDEO: Chris Christie's apology

- Christie has fired Bridget Anne Kelly, saying she "betrayed my trust" in asking for bridge lane closures as political retaliation.

- The George Washington Bridge connects New Jersey and New York City, handling nearly 300,000 vehicles a day as one of the most-used routes in the entire country.

- The September lane closures caused major traffic jams, leaving commuters stuck in the gridlock for hours each day.

- The scandal could threaten Christie's potential 2016 presidential campaign.

- The FBI and U.S. Attorney are now investigating Gov. Christie's administration, and a lawsuit was filed by people who were delayed by the traffic jams last September, which also delayed ambulance calls.

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