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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chances in N.H. for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Lesperance: Up until what his opponents are affectionately calling Bridgegate or Bridgenado, Chris Christie was considered a top-tier candidate for president. Now, in the aftermath of the scandal, his brand is damaged, and as long as this story remains in the news, his path to a New Hampshire primary win is less clear.

Boynton: Tough, no-nonsense and a straight shooter, Christie is the type of candidate to do well in New Hampshire. He is a pragmatic Republican who can speak to the center of the electorate. Before Bridgegate, he was the clear frontrunner; now he appears to be on a bridge over troubled water. Still, two years out it’s too early to rule him out.

Scala: Stuck in the swamps of Jersey politics. Moderately conservative Republicans in New Hampshire weep.

Lemay: After winning reelection by 22 points in his last election in a left-leaning state, where almost 60 percent of voters voted for President Obama, Christie would seem like the perfect center-right candidate to take a moderate state like New Hampshire. However, the bridge scandal does not bode well for the governor and his credibility. To the voters of New Hampshire, he would look too corrupt to trust or too incompetent to manage a fair administration.

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