Both Walker and Christie claimed they knew nothing of the misconduct within their administrations.
Walker Denied Knowledge Of Illegal Activity Taking Place During His Time As Milwaukee County Executive. According to the Wisconsin State Journal “A day after investigators accused his former top aides of using a secret computer system to do political work on the taxpayers’ dime, Gov. Scott Walker denied knowledge of illegal activity taking place during his time as Milwaukee County executive. ‘I think it’s very clear when all this is done, no matter how much time it takes — and again, my campaign has been involved in cooperating with them for more than a year — but I have every confidence that when this is completed, people will see that our integrity remains intact,’ Walker said.” [Wisconsin State Journal, 1/28/12]
Walker Said He Had Zero Tolerance For Campaigning On County Time. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Throughout the secret investigation, Walker said he had zero tolerance for government employees doing campaign work while on the clock. But the newly released records detail almost daily interactions between his top county and campaign staffers.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/19/14]
Walker Claimed That He Expressed “Publicly And Privately” That Staffers Should Follow The Law. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Throughout the secret investigation, Walker said he had zero tolerance for government employees doing campaign work while on the clock. But the newly released records detail almost daily interactions between his top county and campaign staffers” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/26/12]
Christie Denied Advance Knowledge Of Fort Lee Lane Closings, Declared Himself “Very Sad” That Aides Had Violated His “Circle Of Trust.” According to the New York Times, “Sounding somber and appearing contrite, the normally garrulous Mr. Christie said he had no advance knowledge of the lane closings and had been ‘humiliated’ by the entire episode. ‘I am a very sad person today,” he said. “I am heartbroken that someone I permitted to be in that circle of trust for the past five years betrayed that trust.'” [New York Times, 1/9/14]
Christie Claimed That He Had Been “Blindsided” By Revelations Of His Aides’ Misconduct. According to the New York Times, “During his news conference, Mr. Christie said he had been ‘blindsided’ by emails made public on Wednesday that showed that staff members — also his close friends — had punished the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee in September by closing entrance lanes to the bridge because he did not endorse the governor for re-election.” [New York Times, 1/9/14]