Christie bounces back from bridge scandal

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told business leaders and GOP donors that he’s moving past the scandal over last year’s lane losures. 

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“It’s over, it’s done with and I’m moving on,” Christie told attendees Saturday at a Utah summit convened by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to the Washington Post.       

In September, officials with ties to Christie ordered that two of the George Washington Bridge’s three lanes into Fort Lee, New Jersey be closed, prompting massive traffic jams. The incident was alleged to be political retribution against the Fort Lee mayor who declined to endorse Christie's reelection.

According to the Washington Post, which spoke to attendees of the closed session with Christie, he did not discuss a potential run for president in 2016 but focused on unifying the Republican party ahead of the 2014 elections. 

“His was the first real pragmatic message towards the goal of winning in November, and I thought by keeping his focus on that and his role at the [Republican Governors Association] rather than any potential presidential aspirations he was smart,” said American Conservatives Union Chairman Al Cardenas, according to the Washington Post.

Cardenas said Christie talked about “unifying the party, spending less time whining about our differences and more time about winning so that we can govern and help America.”