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NJ Gov. Christie defends integrity of scandal report

TRENTON, New Jersey--Gov. Chris Christie on Friday defended a report by taxpayer-funded lawyers who cleared him of any involvement in closing lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political reasons, saying it “will stand the test of time.”

Christie was speaking at his first news conference since Jan. 9. His appearance came a day after a report from a law firm he hired issued a 345-page summary of the scandal.

Christie said the lawyers who produced the report would not “give away their reputations to do some kind of slipshod job for me.”

The report portrayed Christie as a careful yet emotional leader who looked into the eyes of his top staffers as he asked what they knew about the lane closures. It was deeply critical of the former Christie aide and ex-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who it said were solely behind the September lane closures, which were apparent payback against a mayor whose town was tied up with traffic.

Also on Friday, Christie announced the resignation of David Samson as chairman of the Port Authority, which runs the bridge.

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