"Generally Gov. Christie will come out of it smelling like a rose regardless of what happens in the November elections," said Charlie Gerow, a board member of the American Conservative Union. "If some of the marginal candidates lose, well it is because of the particular circumstances that they were confronted with, and it would be viewed as they were expected to lose anyway. But if they win, folks will say, and rightly so, that the heft that Gov. Christie provided, pushed them over the top."
Having a plan in hand would allow Mr. Jindal to be more aggressive during primary debates, Mr. Gerow said, which is "where this issue comes to the fore."