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Governor Christie attended a groundbreaking for a medical center in Morris County on Tuesday, but he declined to discuss sore subjects such as the Bridgegate trial. Christie has declined to take questions from the news media since the federal trial of two...

Christie declines questions at groundbreaking for Morris County medical center

Governor Christie attended a groundbreaking for a medical center in Morris County on Tuesday, but he declined to discuss sore subjects such as the Bridgegate trial. Christie has declined to take questions from the news media since the federal trial of two...

Christie declines questions at groundbreaking for Morris County medical center

Governor Christie attended a groundbreaking for a medical center in Morris County on Tuesday, but he declined to discuss sore subjects such as the Bridgegate trial.

Christie has declined to take questions from the news media since the federal trial of two former associates over the George Washington Bridge lane closures began last month.

Lawyers for the prosecution and the defense -- and several of Christie's aides and associates, past and present -- have cast doubt on the governor's statements about when he learned of the lane closures that caused massive traffic in Fort Lee in 2013.

On Tuesday, he was on hand for a groundbreaking for Summit Medical Group in Florham Park. State lawmakers and one of Christie's biggest Democratic allies, South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, were at the event.

The medical group will partner with the MD Anderson Cancer Center to treat patients, Christie said. Around 16,000 people died of cancer in New Jersey last year, he said.

When Christie was born, he said, a cancer diagnosis was a "death sentence."

"Now, because of the intellect and the innovation and the resources that we're putting on the fight against cancer, it's no longer a death sentence, and many, many people are able to survive it," Christie said.

But he made no mention of the testimony given in court by his former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, who said this week under oath that she told Christie several times about the lane closures in 2013 before he denied any knowledge of them.

Christie also has taken a much less visible role as a surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump since a video surfaced earlier this month in which Trump boasts of groping and kissing women.

And the governor just signed a 23-cent increase in New Jersey's gas tax, which he announced in a news release on a Friday afternoon two weeks ago.

Aside from taking on-topic questions with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when an NJ Transit train crashed in Hoboken last month, and an appearance on a morning sports talk radio show, Christie has not been taking questions about any uncomfortable topic.

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