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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. 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.
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