Christie joins LePage amid 'bully' criticism

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two tough-talking GOP governors are appearing together in Maine after struggling through largely self-inflicted controversies that now jeopardize their political futures.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was set to take questions from out-of-state reporters for the first time in months, during a northern New England swing to raise money for Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Christie is fighting to revive his presidential aspirations after a scandal involving lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. LePage is seeking momentum in a challenging re-election test.

Democrats are seizing on the Portland-area appearance. They say the Republican governors are little more than bullies driven by brash and misguided personalities.

They're expected to appear together Wednesday evening as Christie headlines two fundraisers for LePage and the Maine Republican Party.

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