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January 9th, 2014
07:29 PM ET

Kean: If more comes out over this bridge scandal, Christie's got 'real problems'

(CNN) - Former New Jersey Republican Governor Tom Kean is a political mentor to current Gov. Chris Christie. Just last week Christie said of Kean, "I have enormous respect and admiration for Governor Kean and I always will."

Christie's mentor is supporting him as the governor has become embroiled in an erupting political scandal that threatens to tarnish his image well before the 2016 elections. E-mails that surfaced Wednesday suggest top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support him at the polls.

Today, Christie apologized repeatedly, telling reporters he was blindsided, and humiliated by the actions of his aides.

"If it's only what Christie said today in his press conference, then ... I think he will emerge all right," Kean told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"If we learn things that we weren't told, if there's further involvement with his office, or if this emerges as a pattern, then I think he's got real problems," said Kean.

For more of our interview with former New Jersey Republican Governor Tom Kean, check out the video above.

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