“Not only can Chris Christie not win, I think he may have trouble finishing out his term”

“Not only can Chris Christie not win, I think he may have trouble finishing out his term,” Rendell said Tuesday at the Rebovich Institute at Rider University. He added later: “There’s absolutely no chance that he didn’t know this was going on if he didn’t order it or OK it. So I think he’s not a factor.”

Like Christie, Rendell is known for a combination of charm and blunt talk.

“I mean, I look at it from the perspective as a very activist governor, which I was and he is,” he said. “There is no way that eight people in my administration would be part of something and I wouldn’t know about. There is no way they would dare do something like this without getting clearance from me.”

Rendell, a Democrat and former mayor of Philadelphia, also scoffed at how an internal report commissioned by Christie’s office blamed the entire Bridgegate debacle on two former aides, and absolved Christie.