The Washington Times - January 10, 2014, 07:33AM

A former top adviser to President Obama said Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response to the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal likely kept his presidential dreams afloat.

David Axelrod said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Mr. Christie “looked good” during his 108-minute press conference Wednesday where he announced the firing of a top aid and longtime adviser after they apparently sought retribution against a Democratic city mayor by creating traffic problems on the bridge, which connects New York and New Jersey.

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“I think he can survive this,” Mr. Axelrod said. “As a clinical matter, it was a very, very strong performance.”

Mr. Christie is thought to be pondering a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 and is seen by some political observers as the GOP’s best chance of winning back the White House.