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McCain gives nod to Christie right before his scandal

  Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain — the 2008 GOP nominee for president — appeared Jan. 7 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where the host asked McCain his preference for a 2016 Republican candidate. "I think we have a lot of Republican governors. I like Chris Christie, I like Bobby Jindal," McCain said. "I like a number of those people who have succeeded in states with Republicans and Democrats." Jindal is the former chair of the Republican Governors' Association; Christie currently holds the spot.

  Appearing at the Baton Rouge Press Club the next day, Jindal said, "I'm obviously a fan of the senator. He's a great American and patriot. He's a great hero. It's very kind of him to say that."

  Up in New Jersey, meanwhile, Christie — who had scoffed at notions his administration closed two access lanes to the city of Fort Lee, N.J., after the mayor there had endorsed Christie's opponent in the last governor's race — was faced with a major scandal after emails surfaced indicating his top aides had done precisely that. Christie fired them, claiming he had no idea about the political payback. — Kevin Allman


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