Chris Christie update: Scott Walker to the rescue!

Also: A new, in-depth profile of Christie says his career "reeks" of corruption

By Elias Isquith

Published February 13, 2014 1:55PM (EST)

No new subpoenas were served and no indictments were handed down, which means that according to the new standards set by the talkers on "Morning Joe," Chris Christie had himself a good day. Back in the real world, however, Christie is still being investigated by state and federal authorities for multiple potential acts of corruption. There are no "good" days, in other words — just some that are worse than others.

Here's what you need to know about the latests happenings in the world of Chris Christie:

  • Sarah Palin may not believe that Christie had nothing to do with Bridgegate, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is standing strong for his fellow 2016 aspirant. "He told me the same thing in private that he did to the press in New Jersey, and I have every reason to believe that the information he said is consistent with the truth, and so I still support him in his role as governor and his role in the RGA [Republican Governors Association]," Walker said on Wednesday. On an unrelated note, Walker's recall reelection campaign is currently being investigated for potentially sketchy fundraising.
  • A big piece from Alec MacGillis of the New Republic paints a picture of Christie's political career that, in a word, "reeks." MacGillis' story argues that contrary to Christie's carefully constructed public image as a reformer and scourge of corruption, the governor has actually been as much or more willing as anyone else to play by the rules of New Jersey's political machine, rules that by nearly any other place's standards would be called patently, obscenely corrupt.
  • A post at the Nation argues that Christie is far too beloved by America's conservative billionaires and multimillionaires to be counted out just yet. If Christie still runs in 2016, says the Nation, he'll do so with an ocean of cash at his disposal.
  • He'll need it, too: A new "semi-scientific poll" of about 60,000 GOP activists has found that the right's grass roots are still none too keen on a Christie candidacy. Out of more than a dozen potential candidates, Christie finished dead last.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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