What did Chris Christie's body language say? - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Bridge scandal

What did Chris Christie's body language say?

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Chris Christie is known for being unapologetic and brash. As history has shown he's not shy about hiding it.

But Thursday there was no trace of either temper or brazenness as the governor apologized for his mishandling of what's being called Bridgegate and political analysts took note.

"I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team," he said.

Christie spoke for two hours patiently answering every question from reporters.

But body language expert and author Tonya Reiman said there is a lot to be interpreted from what wasn't said.

"You see here he's clenching his hands together, and that's a comfort gesture and when people do this it shows they're feeling vulnerable," Reiman said. "When you see someone in his position acting vulnerable you question it."

She said Christie's more subdued tone and demeanor could send a mixed message to constituents.

"There are times during his entire speech where he's really low key and you see he's lost his dominance so you say, 'That's not Chris Christie, where is the truth?'" she said.

Professor Jeanne Zaino, a political analyst, said she believes Christie responded as best he could. But she also said Bridgegate could tarnish his presidential aspirations.

"Every time someone goes over the George Washington Bridge and there's traffic and they wonder if this was a set up by politicians, that's hard to escape," Zaino said.

Christie vowed to restore the trust of voters but it seems only time will tell whether he'll be able to do that.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:48:41 GMT
    A man who claimed he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been found guilty of felony murder.
    A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.
  • Mosquito-borne virus sickens 20 in NJ

    West Nile found in New Jersey mosquitoes

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:09:31 GMT
    Twenty New Jersey residents have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. The state Health Department says the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. Chikungunya causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints. It is rarely fatal.
    Twenty New Jersey residents have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. The state Health Department says the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. Chikungunya causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints. It is rarely fatal.
  • Stuck NJ Transit train removed

    Stuck NJ Transit train removed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:24:49 GMT
    A New Jersey Transit commuter train with about 1,000 passengers on board became disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. The train which was on the Northeast Corridor line broke down near 10th Ave., according to NJ Transit officials.  It is not clear what caused the mechanical problem. Lighting and air conditioning on the train were never impacted, according to NJ Transit.
    A New Jersey Transit commuter train with about 1,000 passengers on board became disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. The train which was on the Northeast Corridor line broke down near 10th Ave., according to NJ Transit officials.  It is not clear what caused the mechanical problem. Lighting and air conditioning on the train were never impacted, according to NJ Transit.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices