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Partisans divided over scandal fallout for NJ gov

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ANGELA DELLI SANTI | January 12, 2014 02:25 PM EST | AP


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Prominent Republicans are leaping to New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie's defense, insisting that a traffic scandal won't ruin his chances of running for president.

New Jersey Democrats also took to the Sunday talk shows to ask how a hands-on manager like Christie wouldn't have known about a plan by a top aide to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge. They say that may have broken federal and state laws.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says primary voters could look past the scandal because Christie apologized for his staff's behavior and punished those responsible.

Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich (SAHK'-oh-lich) says he wants to believe Christie had no hand in bringing his town of Fort Lee to a standstill but is having a tough time buying it.