Replaced by intrigue, vengeance and chaotic denials, Chris Christie’s reelection afterglow has shrunk and gone pale. As the nascent scandal deepens and stories unfold, Governor Christie’s mettle and presidential-ness will be poked, prodded and tested under the unfamiliar national spotlight.
The full extent of Christie’s role in Bridgegate will eventually come out amid accusations, counter-accusations and lawsuits; but if he’s interested in demonstrating he’s ready for the the Big Chair he needs to come clean, fire any (and perhaps all) deputies and political lieutenants and appoint an independent investigative counsel. The sooner he can wrest control of the situation the more presidential he’ll appear.
With congress back to work it’s likely Chris Christie’s follies will be overshadowed by something far greater in idiocy and national import; and with enough time between now and sometime in early 2015, when he announces his candidacy for the presidency, most will have forgotten there was ever an issue – except for the woman who died.