The Long Game

Peter Hapak for TIME

We can all complain that presidential campaigns start earlier and last longer than ever, or we can pull up a chair and enjoy the show--and Chris Christie is a guy who knows how to put on a good show. He is a red man from a blue state that hasn't voted Republican in a presidential race since 1988. He comes from a culture that loves a bare-knuckle fight. He is squishy on issues that social conservatives care about and has worked closely with a man they despise--Barack Obama--even when the White House hung in the balance. He's been a governor who...

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