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Scandal may hurt Christie’s ability to push agenda



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Investigations into whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a role in causing traffic jams as political retribution could make advancing his agenda a challenge.

The Republican governor is finding some Democratic legislators are more likely to push back against his proposals and appointees because they see him as weakened by the scandal.

Democratic leaders are complaining about him loudly as he travels the country to raise money in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

But there is no evidence Republican donors are abandoning Christie as he begins raising money for 36 governors’ races.

Christie denies involvement in a decision by his top aides to close lanes on an approach to the George Washington Bridge last year, causing four days of massive gridlock.