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.