BRICK, N.J.

- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said yesterday that he would have stopped aides from blocking lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall if he had known about the plan in advance, saying outright what he has implied in previous denials about the traffic jam scandal that's engulfed his administration.

Christie told a town-hall audience in the Shore suburb of Brick that no one talked to him before lanes were closed in September to create gridlock in the town of Fort Lee after its Democratic mayor did not endorse Christie, a Republican. Emails show Christie aides orchestrated the plan.

"It was a stupid thing to have been done, I knew nothing about it, had nothing to do with it, and if anybody had come to me and told me they were going to do this, I would have stopped it," Christie said.

- Associated Press