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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves City Hall Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Fort Lee, N.J. Christie traveled to Fort Lee to apologize in person to Mayor Mark Sokolich. Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the "abject stupidity" of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Christie Apologizes to NJ Mayor for Traffic Jams

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie has apologized in person to the mayor of a northern New Jersey community that was the victim of apparently politically inspired traffic jams.

Christie says that he had a "very good, productive meeting" late Thursday at the Fort Lee municipal building with Mayor Mark Sokolich and that the mayor accepted his apology.

Sokolich had earlier urged the governor not to make the trip until all investigations were complete.

Christie also publicly apologized at a Trenton news conference Thursday morning after emails seemed to show a top aide wanted highway lanes near the George Washington Bridge closed in September because the mayor wasn't endorsing Christie. Christie fired the aide.

Christie says his administration has to work to regain the trust of Fort Lee residents.

Sokolich did not comment after the meeting.

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