The big losers are the conservative movement, which would have gained if Christie had nominated a popular conservative to serve until 2014; and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans.
The biggest losers are New Jersey taxpayers, who will foot the bill for the absurd and unnecessary special election; and New Jersey schoolchildren, who could have used the money for education that Christie is wasting on the special election.
The mega-loser is the Christie brand, which is kaput, bye-bye and done for. Christie is no longer different. He is just another hack looking out for himself. Christie will not run for president in 2016.
I don't know if there was a secret deal between Christie and Obama, but if there was it would look exactly like what was announced by Christie on Tuesday.