WASHINGTON -- A growing number of Republican and some Democratic leaders said Sunday that, for now, they are accepting at face value New Jersey Gov.
At the same time, Giuliani, a Republican, told
Christie, a hard-charging and blunt politician, has been widely seen as a top Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016. During a lengthy news conference last week, he said repeatedly and unequivocally he neither knew about nor had any involvement in the plan. He also fired his deputy chief of staff and he distanced himself from a long-time campaign advisor.
Some possible rivals of Christie in 2016 were very cautious in saying anything about the scandal.
"I think that he can now move on, as long as another shoe doesn't drop," the senior senator said on CNN's "State of the Union." But he added: "Too often, we have seen these things that it's not the end of the story. ... Now we'll have to wait and see whether there's anything more to the story."
"I take him at his word that he knew nothing about this," Hoyer told CSPAN's "Newsmakers." "And if that's the case, the firing of those employees was the right thing to do."
Hoyer said he expected Transportation Secretary
"I don't know that we need anything further at this point in time," he said.
With the New Jersey legislature and the U.S. attorney’s office both looking into the matter, Rep.
But he wasn't willing to give Christie a complete pass on what happened. "I think we need to see what comes out," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"I've got to tell you, though, when I look at Christie's style -- and I don't know him -- it's hard for me to believe that he was blindsided by anything. Because he doesn't come off that way."