Alex Pareene at Salon on Chris Christie's survival strategy. After The New York Times reported on Friday that Christie knew about the lane closures as they were happening, "everyone from Charles C. W. Cooke to John Podhoretz declared Chris Christie’s political career over," Pareene writes. "Dozens of smart political journalists and commentators tweeted variations on 'Chris Christie is toast.' His office’s statement shows why he’s not: He’s shameless and unwilling to go down without a fight," Pareene argues. "Barring a shocking Senate vote, or I guess an arrest, Chris Christie isn’t going anywhere. He was just reinaugurated. If this scandal forces him to sit out 2016 — and that’s still a huge if — and a Democrat wins the White House, he can spend the next four years of his governorship and then an additional two years out of it rehabilitating his image. Then he’s tanned, rested and ready in 2020," Pareene insists. National Review's Charles C. W. Cooke tweets, "Salon is having a What Did Charles Cooke Say? day today."
Jonathan Chait at Daily Intelligencer on Christie's past. "Plenty of news stories have emerged to fill out Chris Christie's image as a vindictive and sometimes unethical politician. But The Washington Post digs deep into Christie's youth and finds an episode suggesting just the opposite," Chait argues. The story? Christie "had been the starting catcher on the baseball team [in high school], and a better player transferred to the school and took his starting spot, and Christie decided not to sue to keep the kid out of school," Chait writes. "This, concludes the Post, is evidence of Christie's generosity of spirit." Bloomberg View's Clive Crook tweets, "Unbelievable. Only in America."