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The big winners of the bogus special election deal are Christie, who will be reelected, and New Jersey state legislative Republicans; Cory Booker or any major Democratic nominee for the Senate seat, who will almost certainly win the special election; and Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE, whose Democrats are strengthened in their bid to keep control of the Senate.

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 McConnellMitch McConnellStudy: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE (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.