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January 14, 2014 10:11 AM The Post-Christie Scenario

By Ed Kilgore

As the Christie saga rolls on, there’s been a lot of speculation about how BridgeGate affects his presidential aspirations for 2016. The general consensus is that while it’s far too early to say he’s out, he’s certainly down.

My TPMCafe column this week puts the question a little differently. The dominant idea behind “Christie ‘16” has been that a party with the GOP’s deep level of unpopularity can’t pass up the chance to nominate a man as electable as the governor, even if he’s a tad treasonous on guns or Shariah Law or Obamacare. No matter what ultimately happens with Bridgegate, Christie’s standing has taken enough of a hit that he no longer represents what the Church calls “the glamour of evil”—you know, the temptation to make electability the only litmus test that matters.

If so, what does the Republican Establishment that’s invested so much capital in Christie do next? Check out the column for some answers.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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