Christie attends Howard Stern's NYC birthday bash, avoids reporters

Hours after new allegations in the New Jersey bridge scandal, Gov. Chris Christie appeared at a New York birthday bash for radio personality Howard Stern, who turned 60.

Stern's show tweeted a photo of Christie pumping up the crowd for Jon Bon Jovi's performance Friday night at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom.  

"I'm here to bring all praise from New Jersey to Howard Stern," Christie said, according to NJ.com.

"The representative of New Jersey you want to see right now ... is one of New Jersey's favorite sons, one of my good friends, and a great artist," he continued. “Ladies and gentlemen, Jon Bon Jovi.”

Christie's appearance came amid new accusations of his role in the George Washington Bridge closure.

The attorney for David Wildstein, a former Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, wrote a letter obtained by multiple media outlets Friday saying that "evidence exists" to prove the governor was aware of the lane closures.

Christie’s office denied the claims and he did not take questions from reporters at Stern's party.

Stern says that Christie is a great governor and that he would be upset to see him get into political trouble, according to the Associated Press.