Joe Scarborough: I'm giving my good friend Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt

“All I can say there are some people, there are some programs that believe it’s their job to defend their friends regardless,” Scarborough said. “In this case, all I can say, is today, I give Chris, as my good friend, the benefit of the doubt.”

Scarbourough added that the issues were troubling and that Christie had to get down to the bottom of the scandal.

“I would love Chris, as a good friend of ours, to come out swinging and explain why he had nothing to do with this, but for him to do that, he is going to have to take people down hard that were in his office that betrayed the trust of the people of his state.”