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February 20th, 2014
05:13 PM ET

Roundtable: How Christie avoided 'Bridgegate' scandal at townhall

(CNN) – It was Governor Chris Christie's first town hall since the Bridgegate scandal took hold of the national news cycle last month, but the word bridge, strangely, never came up.

Instead, Christie got the chance to strut his stuff on his strong suits: Sandy relief, Springsteen, and even his weight loss.

But before the Q + A session started, the governor set some ground rules.

"I don't know how many cameras there are here today, but there are a few. And if what that does to someone in the audience is decide that today is their day, today is their day to show off for their friends, today is their day where they're going to take the governor of New Jersey out for a walk. I think you know what I mean," said Christie.

"All of us are from New Jersey. And so you know what that means. It means if you give it, you are getting it right back. That's the way we work things here, all right?" said Christie.

CNN political commentator and politics anchor for NY1 Errol Louis and state house reporter for PolitickerNJ Matt Arco break it down for "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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