Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is staying silent as his fellow potential 2016 presidential rival Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) finds himself embroiled in scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
“Chris is someone I’ve worked with, a valued colleague. I don’t know enough about that situation to know what the impact’ll be,” the GOP governor when asked by a local ABC affilliate about the controversy surrounding Christie.
Walker’s in a tough spot with any news concerning Christie, as he could need his help as head of the Republican Governors Association in his competitive reelection fight this year.
Still, the two are friends, and have campaigned together and complimented each other before.
But Walker may be in the best position of all the potential 2016 Republican contenders if Christie loses his standing as the establishment favorite because of fallout surrounding the scandal.
Walker has many of the same credentials as Christie — executive experience, a strong gubernatorial record, proven bipartisan appeal — and now, considerably less baggage.
But he, like most 2016 contenders, is choosing to keep his powder dry on the issue to see how things play out. It’s unclear how much of a hit Christie will suffer from the situation going forward.
The one likely Christie opponent who didn’t hesitate to take a jab at Christie was one who’s relished confrontations with the governor before: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Paul joked, “I know how angry I am when I’m in traffic.”
“I’m always wondering who did this to me,” he added.
Walker is mum on Christie scandal
By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/10/14 12:57 PM EST