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Mr. Christie so admired Mr. Springsteen that he admitted he cried after getting a hug from the musician when they met in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

I understand admiration, but this week offers up for Mr. Christie a certain light of day with which to determine what, and whom, should really matter. What an epiphany that would be, and it could even free him to embrace actual conservative policies.

People argue that Mr. Christie has to pander to liberals in order to win and govern New Jersey. Really? I remember a guy named Ronald Reagan winning New Jersey (and almost every other state) in 1980 and 1984, and he did it by believing in and articulating the conservative ideal.

The problem for the media and liberals is Bridgegate is likely the worst scandal they’ll get on Mr. Christie, and they played that card far too early. A door has now opened for him to not just survive the scandal, but to emerge as an even more appealing, and actually conservative national candidate.

I want as many great Republicans in the arena for 2016 as possible, and if we can add an enlightened Mr. Christie to that pool, terrific.

The more talented Reaganesque conservatives we have competing for the highest office in the land, the better chance we have of illustrating to Americans how the conservative ideal, not liberal lite, will save this nation.

Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, New York Times best-selling author and Fox News political contributor.