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My new Bloomberg View column ties together a few recent news stories, including the one about CPAC and Chris Christie:

 

I wish New Jersey were governed more conservatively: that Christie had not, for example, agreed to expand Medicaid last week on federal taxpayers’ tab. But we’re talking about New Jersey here. It’s a state that last elected a Republican to the Senate in 1972 and last went for a Republican presidential candidate in 1988. It went for President Barack Obama by a larger margin than any other state governed by a Republican.

Conservatives shouldn’t just cut Christie some slack. They ought to listen to him to find out how a pro-life critic of unions has become so popular in unfriendly territory — if, that is, they want the political map of the country to get any redder.

Note that I’m not saying conservatives ought to support him for president. . .



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