Wednesday night's return to "Ask The Governor" — the first since Chris Christie became a declared presidential candidate — started with talk of scandal and ended in song.

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• Christie's inner circle has been been plagued by scandals — several people close to him have faced them, including former Port Authority Chairman David Samson. And Samson's a friend, Christie said. But you can't always see people's bad acts coming, the governor said.

• Christie said he's happy to take responsibility for NJ Transit. But it's not NJ Transit making train riders lives a pain, he said.

• The polls haven't been very kind to Christie in the presidential race. But then again, Herman Cain used to be a frontrunner, Christie said. Things change. He said he's "far away" from admitting defeat.

• But how about glomming on to the current frontrunner? A Christie-Trump or Trump-Christie ticket would have two awfully big personalities on it.

• Think New Jersey's too expensive? Christie took exception to that. It would be a whole lot worse if not for him, he said. (Senate President Steve Sweeney later retorted: Thanks for embracing Democrats' good ideas.)

• "Ask The Governor" tends to end with Springsteen. This time, Christie sang along to "Meet the Mets" — after a little cautious optimism about his favorite team's season.