Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., speaks to a packed barn crowd during a campaign stop Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

With An Assist From Rick Santorum, Chris Christie Becomes the Most Hated Man in the GOP

It started off bad enough. Rick Santorum went on Morning Joe to endorse Marco Rubio and through several painful moments could not name one thing Marco Rubio had accomplished.

Chris Christie then took the Santorum awkwardness and turned it into a pretty powerful commercial against Marco Rubio.

On Saturday night, Christie then leveled a devastating line of attack against Marco Rubio. I actually thought Rubio’s repetition helped him, but voters in New Hampshire clearly disagreed.

And just like that, the man who allegedly had the momentum coming out of Iowa crashed and burned in New Hampshire. Chris Christie, in two minutes in a debate, did what Jeb Bush and his super PAC have been unable to do for months — ruined Marco Rubio.

Rubio is the precious of the Washington GOP pundit class. They had an orgasm by his third place loss in Iowa. They ran panel discussions on news programs about how the media loved Marco and why. Then this.

Chris Christie is to blame and he will have hell to pay. Christie has disrupted Marco Rubio’s path to victory. Christie, of course, threw everything he had at New Hampshire and did nothing but drive up his own negatives and decline in the polls.

Christie will drop out. He is not a viable candidate. But along the way, he seriously wounded Rubio. For that, Christie will be persona non grata for much of the pundit class and GOP in DC.

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