Gov. Chris Christie rests on a post as he addresses a large gathering Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Middletown, N.J., during a town hall meeting. Christie returned to Republican-controlled Monmouth County on Thursday for his first town hall since private emails revealed a political payback scandal in which his associates ordered traffic lanes closed, causing lengthy backups. But the scandal didn’t come up. Instead, the 51-year-old Republican heard from residents who have not returned to their homes since the 2012 storm.