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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie does not believe a special prosecutor is needed to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Christie said the Justice Department has shown its ability to investigate such matters.

“This is whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, we’ve seen it happen on both sides, when a special prosecutor gets involved, the thing gets completely out of control,” the Republican governor said. “And I think that doesn’t serve anybody’s purposes.”

The possibility of appointing a special prosecutor was raised Friday by California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who said a political appointee such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions shouldn’t perform the investigation. Citing similar concerns, Democrats have also been calling for an independent probe into allegations that Trump’s campaign aides were in contact with the Russian government before the election and other related topics.

Christie also spoke on recent reports that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had asked top FBI officials to dispute…