Chairman of NJ panel on lane closings defends role

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a ceremony to pass official hosting duties of next year's Super Bowl to representatives from Arizona, Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 in New York. Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that Gov. Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of a New Jersey legislative committee looking into the role Gov. Chris Christie’s administration played in an apparently politically motivated traffic jam is defending his role after criticism from a Christie ally.

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