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The big winners of the bogus special election deal are Christie, who will be reelected, and New Jersey state legislative Republicans; Cory Booker or any major Democratic nominee for the Senate seat, who will almost certainly win the special election; and Harry ReidHarry ReidDems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare MORE, whose Democrats are strengthened in their bid to keep control of the Senate.

The big losers are the conservative movement, which would have gained if Christie had nominated a popular conservative to serve until 2014; and Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Five things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights This week: Confirmation fights dominate ahead of inauguration MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans.

The biggest losers are New Jersey taxpayers, who will foot the bill for the absurd and unnecessary special election; and New Jersey schoolchildren, who could have used the money for education that Christie is wasting on the special election.

The mega-loser is the Christie brand, which is kaput, bye-bye and done for. Christie is no longer different. He is just another hack looking out for himself. Christie will not run for president in 2016. 

I don't know if there was a secret deal between Christie and Obama, but if there was it would look exactly like what was announced by Christie on Tuesday.