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Democrats Seek To Puncture Christie Over Bridge Controversy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts to a question in Trenton, N.J., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, after he announced that Deborah
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts to a question in Trenton, N.J., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, after he announced that Deborah Gramiccioni would replace Bill Baroni as executive deputy director of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Baroni, one of Christie's top appointees, resigned Friday amid an escalating probe into ramp closings on a bridge into New York City. The resignation of Baroni comes a day after the Democratic National Committee tried to link Christie, a Republican, to the controversy and a state lawmaker issued seven subpoenas to Baroni and other agency officials. Christie said he was certain the shutdowns were not politically motivated. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

An expanding investigation into lane closures of the nation’s busiest bridge has given Democrats an opportunity to damage New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential prospects.

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