Is Christie still viable in 2016 after bridge debacle?

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House John Boehner said he believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still a serious contender for 2016 in spite of the scandal surrounding the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year.

Boehner held his weekly press conference midway through the first hour of Christie’s ongoing press conference on the bridge controversy.

On Wednesday, several outlets obtained emails proving that top Christie staffers had been involved in closing several lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid. The closures gridlocked the city, stranding commuters, school buses and emergency vehicles.

Asked if Christie could still be a top contender if he were to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Boehner said he believes Christie could.

“I think so,” he said. “I think so.”

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