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Mar 18, 2014 2:13 PM by David Randall

Storm aid, scandal protests disrupt Christie event

SOUTH RIVER, N.J. (AP) - At least a dozen protesters have disrupted a town hall meeting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Several audience members stood and began shouting about how his administration has distributed Superstorm Sandy relief aid. They also asked why the governor hasn't fired the head of a bistate transit agency in the wake of a political payback scandal.

The ongoing scandal is overshadowing Christie's administration and raising questions about his chances as a 2016 presidential candidate.

Christie stood by as police escorted out the protesters. Some were shouting "New Jersey deserves better."

Moments earlier, the Republican governor had criticized the head of a legislative panel investigating the plot by Christie operatives that's at the heart of the scandal, which involved blocking traffic for political retribution.

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