Chris Christie peddles hypocrisy to gathering of gullible conservatives

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, famous of late for the bridge scandal in his state, probably figured he could make a speech to right-wing ideologues about fiscal responsibility without anyone in his audience realizing that his rhetoric was pure hooey. But alas, Christie’s audience included an editorial writer from one of his home-state newspapers. The result was THIS: Gov. Chris Christie has a big problem going into the 2016 presidential race, even if he survives the scandals without a scratch. He is pitching himself as the guy who can...

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Chris Christie and Jeb Bush would face obstacles if either sought the presidency

If you’re handicapping the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, you might want to take THIS into account: As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three in 10 of all Republicans say they would not vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he ran for the White House. Christie will address the annual Conservative Political Action...

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The thot plickens

THIS doesn’t look good for a certain politician: A former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says that the governor was aware of the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge and claimed that “he had the evidence to prove it,” the New York Times reports. Christie has repeatedly denied having any knowledge of what motivated the closures. Former Port Authority official David Wildstein — the former director of interstate capital projects — said in a letter released by his lawyer that the Christie administration ordered the...

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Apologize — then blame someone else!

Dana Milbank NAILS IT: Chris Christie is terribly sorry that his staff lied to him about things they did without his knowledge, and he feels remorse that the partisan media are targeting him with a witch hunt. Bob McDonnell is really sorry that an overzealous federal prosecutor is going after him for doing perfectly legal things. And Glenn Beck feels just awful that people were so “fragile” that they allowed his rhetoric to tear the country apart… Christie’s problem is the fault of MSNBC; McDonnell’s problem is the fault of the U.S....

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Do Chris Christie’s problems make it more likely that Rand Paul will be GOP nominee in 2016?

I’m not sure I agree with Peter Beinart on THIS MATTER, but his argument is worth considering: If Chris Christie was ever the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he isn’t anymore. All along, the theory behind his candidacy was that he could overcome his lack of conservative bona fides with a combination of personality, competence, electability, and money. Bridgegate undermines all four. In the minds of many voters, Christie’s personality has morphed from brash to bully. It’s harder to look competent when your...

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