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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory speaking of the arrest of former Mayor and personal friend Patrick Cannon, said, The wound is still open.

McCrory made the remark in Ballantyne, where he helped cut the ribbon for the opening of the new MetLife Retail Headquarters building.

On any other day, Cannon, as mayor, would have been at McCrory's side to cut the ribbon, but on Thursday afternoon, it was Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes who joined the governor.

Cannon was charged Wednesday with accepting bribes from undercover FBI operatives, who Cannon allegedly thought were real estate developers willing to pay for Cannon's help in smoothing the way for their projects.

In the FBI complaint against Cannon, Cannon is quoted as boasting about how close his relationship was to the governor, implying that would help streamline the process.

McCrory was asked if he had noticed anything unusual in his conversations with Cannon and he said that the talks had always been professional.

We've talked about the airport issue. We've talked about some business permitting issues, and some legislation in Raleigh, he said.

McCrory said he would be working with current city leaders to insure that Charlotte quickly recovers from the scandal and continues its reputation as a world class city.

As for his own relationship with Cannon, McCrory said that was a different story.

There is a personal wound that is going to take a lot of time to recover from, with regards to that personal relationship, he said.

Thursday s event was held to celebrate the grand opening of its retail headquarters. The company expects to bring 1,300 new jobs to Charlotte by 2015.

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