Experts: Chris Christie Dead In Water

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can kiss his White House hopes goodbye as questions mount about what he knew about the Bridgegate scandal — a development that has pushed the one-time Republican frontrunner aside while opening doors for other candidates in 2016, political experts said.

New Jersey’s chief executive has been under fire after revelations his top aides orchestrated traffic gridlock on the George Washington Bridge as possible political payback to Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor. Christie has denied knowing of any plot and told the public he didn’t know about the traffic jam until it was over.

But a former loyalist who ordered the closures, and resigned amid the controversy, released a letter Friday saying evidence exists suggesting Christie knew about the closures as they happened in September. The letter from David Wildstein’s lawyer did not provide proof. Wildstein was Christie’s No. 2 man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before resigning.

National GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said Christie is “sinking faster than the Titanic.”

“The cards are stacked against him,” O’Connell said, adding that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will benefit from Christie’s political swan dive.

Read more from Antonio Planas at The Boston Herald

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