Gov. Charlie Baker’s inauguration served as a victory lap for former Gov. Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both of whom stumped for Baker and countless other GOP gubernatorial and congressional candidates across the country last year while boosting their own profiles ahead of the 2016 presidential race.
But their successful campaigning, which helped Republicans gain a number of governorships and take control of Congress, won’t be enough for Christie or Romney to overcome major political handicaps, political watchdogs said. Their biggest problem: Jeb Bush.
“Charlie was a big win in an arctic blue state,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.
As for 2016, Bush “is pushing the timeline up,” O’Connell said — a possible attempt by Bush to keep Romney and Christie out and court their potential backers.