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      Governor Christie to deliver State of the State address amid scandal

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      TRENTON, N.J.- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will propose extending the public school year and lengthening the school day when he delivers his State of the State address Tuesday.

      The speech comes as an apparent political payback scheme threatens to damage his second term and could cut short any ambitions to run for president.

      Two state legislative panels are continuing their investigations into allegations that key aides orchestrated massive traffic backups to get back at a mayor who refused to endorse Christie's re-election.

      Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald says a new special legislative committee will be tasked with finding out how high up Christie's chain of command the plot went.

      Greenwald, a Democrat, says, "it is clearly an abuse of power. The question is, who abused their power and how high did it go?"

      The Assembly announced the committee's formation Monday. The bipartisan panel will have subpoena power and a special council appointed to it and will focus exclusively on the closing of traffic lanes leading to one of the world's busiest bridges, an apparent political payback scheme carried out by Christie loyalists.