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9/11 Ceremony Scraps 'Bridge' Song After Christie

/ Source: Associated Press
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New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) chats with Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, on May 15, 2014. US President Barack Obama inaugurated the museum commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda suicide attackers which killed nearly 2,800 people. JEWEL SAMAD / AFP - Getty Images

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NEW YORK -- A last-minute change avoided what could have been an uncomfortable moment in the Sept. 11 museum dedication ceremony: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed by "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The original program for the ceremony had Christie's remarks followed by Idina Menzel's performance of the song. That sent social media aflutter with speculation that the scheduling was a jab at the governor over accusations that his staff intentionally clogged traffic near the George Washington Bridge to punish a political adversary.

But just before the ceremony, a museum spokesman announced that Menzel, star of the Broadway show "If/Then," was sick and would not perform. In her place, fellow Broadway singer LaChanze, herself a 9/11 widow, performed "Amazing Grace."

The spokesman said the change had nothing to do with Christie or the song.

-- The Associated Press

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