GOP ponders scandal’s toll on Christie’s future
TRENTON, N.J. — Fellow Republicans on Saturday debated the fallout because of new allegations Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements about his knowledge of lane closures orchestrated by top aides as apparent political payback.
Some said the accusations could derail any hopes of Christie running for president in 2016, while others were quick to express faith in the governor.
A letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge said evidence exists suggesting the governor knew about the closings as they happened, which would contradict Christie’s previous assertions.
Reaction among top Republicans on Saturday appeared mixed, with most thinking he could weather the storm but acknowledging the latest allegations hurt.
“It’s not good for him,” said Matt Beynon, a Republican operative. “... If this is still an issue a year from now, he’s going to have trouble pulling the trigger.”
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