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9/11 ceremony scraps song to avoid Christie gaffe
9/11 museum ceremony avoids uncomfortable moment that would have touched on bridge scandal
Associated Press
2014-05-15 11:42 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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, whose staff was accused of intentionally clogging traffic near a bridge that connects New York City and New Jersey 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. In her place, Broadway singer LaChanze, a 9/11 widow, performed "Amazing Grace."

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

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