5,529,000 people watched as Christie and his wife, Christie Christie Christie, defended a New Jersey doctor who admitted he fabricated the story that she had had sex with a minor.
Christie had accused New York magazine of spreading “fake news” and the doctor, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, on Thursday defended her role in a lawsuit accusing the governor and his family of covering up her history of abuse.
Ford had filed suit against the governor in 2015 alleging that she was a victim of “unlawful coercion” after she accused him of sexual abuse in 1991.
The governor’s office has not commented on the case.
Dr. Ford was also a subject of the hit show “Dr. Drew” on CBS in 2017, and she was also on the cover of the New York Daily News in 2015.
But Christie’s office says she was never involved in a sexual relationship with Ford.
On Thursday, the governor made a statement about the lawsuit.
“Dr Ford is not a victim in this matter, nor has she engaged in any conduct with respect to her, or with regard to Dr. Blaseys,” Christie said in a statement.
“Her claim of a false allegation is based on a false statement, false evidence, and a deliberate effort to cover up a past sexual relationship.
Dr Ford is a former state senator and a member of the legislature from New Jersey, and has served as a consultant for several organizations and entities.”
The governor also made a call to his wife on Thursday to thank her for helping him “move past” the scandal and “build on what we achieved” in 2017.
“Christie and I will continue to work on improving the health of our state and the lives of our children,” he said.
“As I look ahead, I am confident that we will be able to rebuild trust in our community.”
In her suit, Ford claimed that in 1993, she was 13 years old and a student at New York University when she met Christie and he offered her a ride home from a party.
She said he had raped her, but she said she didn’t remember.
Christie and Ford have denied the allegation.
The allegations have been a flashpoint in the governor’s battle with the media, which he has accused of spreading false news.
In 2017, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee passed a resolution to hold a hearing to examine the issue of fake news in the state.
The committee heard testimony from Dr. Nancy Lieberman, who was a psychologist who worked with Ford and who testified that Ford was telling the truth about her sexual abuse.
Christie’s comments came after the governor announced he would be resigning from the presidency.