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When Chris Christie was mired in political turmoil, he had a friend in "Morning Joe."

While everyone else on MSNBC gave critical, nearly round-the-clock coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and the rest of channel's sunrise crew readily provided cover to New Jersey's embattled Republican governor.

As Christie lost much of the goodwill he gained after Superstorm Sandy, "Morning Joe" remained his cable news sanctuary.

Scarborough and Brzezinski have taken thinly veiled shots at their MSNBC colleagues for giving so much attention to the story. They've repeatedly splashed cold water on reporting by the New York Times about "Bridgegate." Christie was their guy, and no traffic jam was going to change that.

But the alliance, like a forbidden romance between members of rival families, was always liable to get rocky.

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I guarantee you’ll hear the phrase “My ancestors came here legally” in the aftermath of President Obama’s immigration address. It’s almost impossible to find any conversation about immigration—between elected officials, pundits, online commenters—in which at least one participant doesn’t use the phrase. It’s an understandable position, through which the speaker can both defend his or her family history and critique current illegal immigrants who choose to do things differently. It helps deflect charges of hypocrisy (since most Americans are descended from immigrants). It’s hard to argue with. And it’s also, in nearly every case, entirely inaccurate.

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