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Christie fires ‘deceitful’ aide

U.S. attorney investigating if retaliatory gridlock illegal

Posted: January 10, 2014 at 4:11 a.m.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich arrives for a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Sokolich called it "appalling" that traffic jams appear to have been deliberately created at the George Washington Bridge for three days in September 2013. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in an attempt to avoid damage from a scandal that could undermine his presidential prospects, said Thursday he has fired a top aide who apparently created traffic jams as part of a political vendetta. Christie denied any knowledge of the scheme. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie apologized Thursday for a days-long traffic jam triggered by an aide as political revenge, as the episode threatened his possible 2016 presidential run and set off a federal investigation.

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