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Giuliani compares bridge, IRS scandals

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) compared New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) bridge scandal to the IRS controversy that engulfed the Obama administration last year.

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Giuliani, speaking on MSNBC, came to the defense of Christie, who fired a top aide on Thursday after emails linked the aide to the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of retribution against a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie.

Giuliani praised Christie for taking responsibility, than pivoted to a criticism of Obama.

“This was very, very refreshing,” Giuliani said of Christie’s press conference Thursday. “We have had a couple of years in Washington with a lot of situations with IRS thing, Benghazi. We have a president who runs away from press conferences like this. Never takes accountability. Never fires anybody. Here is a guy who acted like a chief executive.”

Christie fired his deputy chief of staff Thursday and apologized for the incident during the press conference, but said he had no prior knowledge of his staff’s involvement. Obama, similarly, expressed outrage over the IRS's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, but said he did not know it was happening.

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