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WashPost: Gov. Christie on 'Tragic Arc' Downward

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 07:17 PM

Gov. Chris Christie's, R-N.J., career would have been "dead" had Donald Trump lost the election – but his victory will not be a lifesaver either, according to the Washington Post.

"The story of Christie has all the elements of great drama — rises and falls, unpredictability and, at its heart, a tragic figure," "The Fix" blogger Chris Cillizza wrote Wednesday.

"Christie's only hope now is that the winds (or whims) of Trumpworld shift, and he somehow finds himself in favor again."

Cillizza argues Christie distanced himself from longtime allies when he endorsed the real-estate mogul last February, and then turned off GOP establishment figures with his steadfast defense of Trump through every controversy.

"But, Trump's victory turned out not to be such a good thing for Christie, either," Cillizza wrote, noting Christie's ouster as transition team head in a shakeup just three days after the election.

"The 'why' is hard to figure out," Cillizza wrote, noting many point the finger of blame at Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, whose father, Charles Kushner, was prosecuted in 2005 by Christie.

"There's also some chatter . . . that Christie was deemed insufficiently loyal to Trump by some within the president-elect's inner circle," Cillizza wrote.

"Regardless, Christie is on the outs — big time," Cillizza wrote. "He's nowhere near the attorney general job . . . which is the cabinet post he quite clearly covets. And, at the moment, it's sort of hard to imagine Christie getting any sort of role in a Trump cabinet."

According to the blogger, Christie's might have made his biggest mistake in 2012, when he chose not to run for president – but Bridge-gate was devastating.

"The lane-closure-as-political-revenge scandal . . . badly damaged Christie's momentum following his 2013 reelection in the Garden State," Cillizza wrote.

"Christie never really recovered from Bridge-gate in the 2016 race, putting all of his chips into New Hampshire, but finishing sixth."

"Then came his Trump endorsement, which seemed to confirm that Christie's trend line was downward. Trump's win triggered a brief rise in Christie's stock. But, today, you can buy it for a penny. Again."

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