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Chris Christie apologizes in person to mayor

Governor Chris Christie (center) left the Fort Lee municipal building where he apologized to Mayor Mark Sokolich for traffic jams.
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Governor Chris Christie (center) left the Fort Lee municipal building where he apologized to Mayor Mark Sokolich for traffic jams.

FORT LEE, N.J. — 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.

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

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The mayor told The Record newspaper that the governor had taken ‘‘a big step’’ in doing so by coming to Fort Lee, and that he appreciated Christie’s visit.

Christie also publicly apologized at a Trenton news conference Thursday morning after emails appeared 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.