5 Things To Know For Your New Day – Thursday, January 9

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1.GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

Bridge over troubled waters: Pundits are saying the next couple days will be crucial for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. How he handles the growing mess around him could affect the future for the man many consider a Republican presidential frontrunner. The problems for Christie center around a bridge. The George Washington Bridge. E-mails that surfaced yesterday suggest that top Christie people orchestrated traffic jams last year on that bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn’t support Christie. The lane closures snarled traffic for days in September and hampered emergency services. In response to the e-mail firestorm, Christie said yesterday that he was misled by staff. He said he knew nothing about it. Critics say the e-mails show how Christie creates an environment of bullying. “There’s something about this that’s so petty and so vindictive and it feeds into this narrative that he’s a bully. … He’s going to have to find some way to defuse this to prove he doesn’t run a shop like that,” said CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, a former adviser to several U.S. presidents

2. DENNIS RODMAN

Drinking regrets: Late last night Dennis Rodman released a statement apologizing for the bombastic outburst he had this week on CNN’s “New Day.” In case you were under a rock this week and missed it, click this link. As you probably know the eccentric basketball player was visiting Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a man he calls a buddy. The world has another name for him. In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN’s “New Day,” Rodman suggested that Kenneth Bae deserved his 15-year sentence. That plus others outbursts during that interview brought major fallout. Rodman blamed his outbursts on stress and drinking and said he wanted to “first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family. I embarrassed a lot of people. I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.” But Rodman did not apologize for leading a singalong yesterday of “Happy Birthday” to the leader of North Korea. Rodman calls Kim Jong Un his friend, and seemed to be bowing to him yesterday in footage released.

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