9/11 ceremony scraps 'Bridge' song after Christie

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM

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 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.

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