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GOP Bigwigs Stand By Christie

Say it's too early to rush to judgment
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2014 1:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The Grand Old Party's finest were out in force today, emphatically defending the virtue of one Chris Christie, reports Politico. "Right now, all we know is one person's word against another. You can't base any conclusion on such a thing," said Paul Ryan, while Rudy Giuliani opined thusly: "If he's lying, it's a really bad situation. If he's not lying, then something very unfair is being done to him. So let's see what happens." Bobby Jindal dismissed calls for Christie to step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, saying, "I don't think he should step down, I think he should stay."

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The New Jersey Democrat heading the state investigation into the scandal was likewise taking a wait-and-see approach, Politico notes, and dismissing talk of resignation or impeachment. "We don't have enough facts to even get to that conversation," says Assemblyman John Wisniewski. Answering Giuliani's charge that he'd "pre-judged" the case, Wisniewski said, "What I've said is I have skepticism about the governor's statement. I haven't said that the governor has responsibility for this. I haven't said that the governor knew when this was happening, that's something [former Port Authority official David] Wildstein said." (Read more Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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