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As Christie apologizes, he says relations with Cuomo good

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in his long, nationally televised apology Thursday over the massive traffic snarl blamed on an aide’s decision to engage in political payback, reiterated his close working relationship with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“We get along quite well,” Republican Christie said of his Democrat neighbor. He said there are always “tensions” between New York and New Jersey over common issues including transportation between the states. The two states share oversight of the Port Authority, which oversees metro New York bridges and tunnels.

 “When issues have been raised … we have always, between the two of us, resolved it amicably and been able to move on,” Christie said.

Weeks ago, Cuomo had said he was taking Christie at his word on the issue. Christie at the time said he knew nothing of any political payback scheme.

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