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Christie hits back against former loyalist, accusation

TRENTON, New Jersey--Chris Christie is going on the offensive after a former loyalist said he has evidence the Republican governor knew more than he has admitted about a massive traffic jam orchestrated by top aides as apparent political payback.

The New Jersey governor's political team sent an email Saturday to donors and other potential supporters saying former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, “will do and say anything to save David Wildstein.”

Fellow Republicans are debating the political effect of the new allegations, with some saying they could derail any hopes of Christie running for president in 2016 if he can't get past the scandal soon.

A letter released Friday by a lawyer for Wildstein, who ordered the closures on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey to Manhattan, said evidence exists suggesting the governor knew about last year's closings as they happened. That would contradict Christie's previous assertions.

The governor's office has denied the claims.

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