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Chris Christie's press conference explained with quotes from 'The Godfather'

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a lengthy press conference on Thursday to address the bridge scandal surrounding his administration.

During the press conference, several observers noted on Twitter that some of Christie's lines reminded them of classic lines from "The Godfather" saga.

Here are some of the best quotes from the press conference illustrated with quotes from "The Godfather" movies:

Christie: "If there is any information that you know about the decision to close these lanes in Fort Lee, you have one hour to tell either my chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, or my chief counsel, Charlie McKenna."

Michael Corleone: "Today I settled all family business so don't tell me that you're innocent. Admit what you did."


Christie: "I've engendered the sense and feeling among the people closest to me that we're a family, and we work together and we tell each other truth, we support each other when we need to be supported."

Michael Corleone: "Don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever."


Christie: "And I was lied to. And for that, she's been terminated."

Michael Corleone: "No, you're out of the family business, that's your punishment. You're finished."


Christie: "I found that out for the first time at 8:50 yesterday morning. And you can only imagine, as I was standing there in my bedroom with my iPad, looking at that, how incredibly sad and betrayed I felt."

Michael Corleone: "In my home! In my bedroom, where my wife sleeps! Where my children come and play with their toys."


Christie: "I don't think I've gotten to the angry stage yet, but I'm sure I'll get there."

Michael Corleone: "Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry."


Christie: "I am heartbroken that someone who I permitted to be in that circle of trust for the last five years betrayed my trust."

Michael Corleone to Fredo: "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart -- you broke my heart!"


Christie: "I've had a tight-knit group of people who I trust implicitly."

Corleone: "I trust these men with my life, Senator. To ask them to leave would be an insult."


Christie: "I'm a very loyal guy, and I expect loyalty in return."

Vito Corleone: "Do I have your loyalty?"


Christie: "It makes me ask about me what did I do wrong to have these folks think it was OK to lie to me."

Vito Corleone: "I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen."


Christie: "In the end, I have 65,000 people working for me every day. And I cannot know what each one of them is doing at every minute."

Willi Cicci: "Oh yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers."

Editor's note: This post is in no way what-so-ever a slur upon the great Italian people. Because I can state from my own knowledge and experience -- that Italian-Americans are among the most loyal -- most law-abiding -- patriotic, hard working American citizens in this land. And it would be a shame, Mr. Chairman if we allowed a few rotten apples to bring a bad name to the whole barrel. Because from the time of the great Christopher Columbus up through the time of Enrico Fermi right up to the present day -- Italian-Americans have been pioneers in building and defending our great nation. They are the soil o' the earth and one of the backbones of this country.

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