ASBURY PARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 05: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrives to speak at his election night event after winning a second term at the Asbury Park Convention Hall on November 05, 2013 (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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John Boehner: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains presidential contender

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he believes Chris Christie remains a serious contender for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, despite the traffic jam scandal engulfing the New Jersey governor.

Reporters asked Boehner about Christie's problems on Thursday, even as the governor was holding a news conference in Trenton, N.J.

The Ohio Republican quipped that he hadn't been fortunate enough to have seen Christie's news conference. He said little about the governor's situation.

Asked whether Christie remains a top 2016 GOP contender for the presidential nomination, Boehner said, "I think so. I think so."

Documents show Christie's staff helped arrange massive traffic jams last September in Fort Lee, N.J., to retaliate against the town's Democratic mayor, who had not endorsed Christie's re-election.

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