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My story from Sunday:

The Republican establishment in early presidential nominating states is standing by Chris Christie — so far.

Many of those closest to the action allow that the New Jersey governor could end up disqualified as a potential 2016 presidential candidate if it turns out that he wasn’t telling the truth about the politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge during his marathon press conference on Thursday. Christie said he wasn’t aware of or involved with a top staffer’s plan to snarl traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., and announced he was firing two top aides.

Yet interviews with numerous early-state operatives, establishment figures and party chairs show that even though there’s skittishness in private, there’s readiness to publicly rally behind Christie. His handling of the crisis so far, they say, could wear well over the next two years, eventually casting him as a decisive leader willing to take responsibility and fire top aides for their mistakes.

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