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Posted: January 10, 2013 at 4:01 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., said his relationship with state Senate President Steve Sweeney — a Democrat who earlier this week said, then retracted, that Christie had “prayed” for superstorm Sandy to hit the state — was fine, telling reporters at a news conference : “I never thought I’d be asked what the status of my relationship with the Senate president is. I love him, but our love is strained.” Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston declared a public health emergency over the city’s flu outbreak, which already consists of about 700 confirmed cases, compared with 70 cases for all of last flu season, and encouraged residents to get flu shots.

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