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Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants to talk NJ bridge scandal, not Iran issue splitting Dems


Debbie Wasserman Schultz trashed New Jersey’s “scandal plagued” governor for hiding out from the press as he fundraised for Gov. Rick Scott in Florida.

“Chris Christie,” the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said Saturday, “doesn’t want to be answering any uncomfortable questions.”

The same, however, is true for Wasserman Schultz.

The Weston congresswoman doesn’t want to respond to any uncomfortable questions about a Democratic revolt over President Obama’s nuclear-disarmament talks with Iran.

Since December, Obama and Wasserman Schultz have been on defense over the bipartisan Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013.

Backed by Israel, conservatives and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee the bill is supported by as many as 16 Senate Democrats. It was co-introduced by Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey (what’s up with the Garden State?).

The White House has equated Menendez’s legislation to risky war-mongering. Supporters say it’s designed to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

The Democratic division is notable. So is the relative silence on Israel of one of the nation’s most-prominent Jewish politicians.

“We’re not here to talk about that today,” Wasserman Schultz said before her Saturday Dania Beach press conference, following one in Orlando, that was devoted to criticizing Christie amid reports that allies exacted political revenge on a rival by shutting down a New Jersey-New York bridge.

Wasserman Schultz also highlighted Hoboken mayor's new claim that Christie’s administration threatened to withhold Tropical Storm Sandy aid if her city didn't approve a certain development project.
It makes sense for her to bash Christie: Polls show he's a leading 2016 GOP White House contender. And, as the new Republican Governors Association chairman, he was raising money this weekend for the embattled Scott, who's on the ballot this year.

Still, compared to Menendez’s Iran bill, Christie’s northeast-bridge scandal isn't as important to her party, her constituents and the nation right now.

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