Chris Christie Urges Impartiality as Ally Is Investigated

TRENTON (AP) -

Republican Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday it’s important not to jump to conclusions as federal investigators look into the possibility one of his former appointees to the Port Authority traded favors with airline executives.

Christie, who is seeking the GOP nomination for president, appeared on the “Ask the Governor” show and called former Port Authority head David Samson a friend, but added that he has always held his appointees and workers to high standards and fired them when they fell short.

The comments came after news that United Airlines executives abruptly resigned this week as federal investigators look into the possibility favors between the company and Samson were traded.

“We gotta be really careful not to jump to conclusions on news reports,” Christie said. “But when there have been times when people haven’t met those standards, I take action and I fire them.”