The GOP’s curse of the ‘golden boys’

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(NNPA)—Isn’t it time to think of the Republican Party’s quest for the presidency as haunted?  That’d be a good question to put to Chris Christie, the latest GOP “golden boy” trying to get his feet out of the political clay.

Two months ago, the robust New Jersey governor, having forged a landslide re-election in one of the most solidly Democratic states in the nation, was being widely celebrated in the media as the odds-on favorite, at least for the moment, for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination. Now, however, the media—except for the conservative echo chamber—is busy pulling at the threads of Christie’s entire political career to see what falls out in the unraveling.

The reason for the stark reversal, of course, is “Bridge-gate”—the caper of last September in which, e-mails shows, several of Christie’s closest aides and political appointees engineered for four consecutive days a massive rush-hour traffic jam at the Fort Lee, N.J. entrance to the mammoth George Washington Bridge.

That action, apparently intended as political revenge against one or more Democratic officeholders, now threatens not just Christie’s chances of gaining the 2016 presidential nod but his retaining his governorship as well.

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