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Bridgegate testimony could cut Christie's last political lifeline

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Testimony by a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that the Republican knew about the "Bridgegate" traffic scandal as it was going on could endanger his best chance at a political future: a role in a Trump administration.

Christie has denied claims he had been an active participant in the plan to deliberately create massive traffic jams on a key bridge to New York to punish a Democratic mayor's refusal to endorse his re-election bid.

But each piece of evidence that ties Christie closer to the scandal makes him more of a liability for Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, a New York real estate developer who has tapped the governor to head his transition team.

"Every revelation increases the odds that Trump will distance himself from Christie, especially as Election Day gets closer," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at New Jersey's Princeton University.

"Christie still serves a value to Trump, who wants to compete in blue states," he added. "But there will be a point where the revelations overwhelm any sense of loyalty or any perception that he remains valuable to the campaign."

A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-jersey-bridgegate-christie-idUSKCN11Y1L2

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