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September 11 Attacks

Chris Christie, stumping for votes in Iowa, makes himself the center of his pitch

Chris Christie, stumping for votes in Iowa, makes himself the center of his pitch

In a dive bar on the western edge of the state, with scores of people huddled around him on a freezing night, the New Jersey governor best known for his tough-guy persona shared one of his most vulnerable moments.

Chris Christie talked about fearing for his wife's life after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when she was working near the World Trade Center and he couldn't reach her on the phone until hours later.

"What am I going to do without my best friend?" he recalled wondering. "What kind of single dad am I going to be?"

It was just the first of the night's confessions from the Republican presidential candidate. He admitted to having a bit of a...

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