One powerful New Jersey Democrat is standing behind Republican Gov. Chris Christie as the Republican's administration deals with scandal.

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Powerbroker George Norcross on Wednesday praised Christie for doing more for Camden than any other governor of either party.

Camden is among the nation's most impoverished and crime-ridden cities.

Norcross complimented the governor at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new kind of school that Norcross' family foundation will help fund.

His kind words came only after he teased Christie about a scandal revolving around traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge.

Norcross says he, unlike the governor, has the power to shut down a bridge. The Ben Franklin is closed for a few hours each November for a charity-run sponsored by Norcross.


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