'Tour de force' or end of the road for Christie?

Christie: I'm tough, not a bully

Chris Christie, acting both as New Jersey governor and prospective presidential candidate, addressed the biggest crisis of his public life with a front-and-center defense that may yet help him weather the "Bridgegate" storm.

A widely watched Thursday news conference drew mixed reviews, with many of his Republican colleagues hoping he could survive the firestorm and his Democratic detractors poking holes in his story.

As the uproar shakes out, Christie's future may depend on what, if anything, is yet to come.

The controversy stems from emails that indicate the governor's office may have been engaging in political retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by pushing for lane closures on the nearby George Washington Bridge last September.

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