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Make no mistake: The reason The New York Times and the others are whipping up this scandal is simple: Fear. Yes, they are terrified of the Republican, who, by the way, started out the week as America’s most admired politician, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

And Thursday’s presser shows good reason for their terror. Faced with a crisis, Mr. Christie did three things: He apologized, he held people accountable, and he answered every question asked.

Not that difficult, but a world of difference from the last five years.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.