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A tale of 2 governors: The remarkably divergent career paths of Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie

Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie were elected governors on the same day in November 2009. Since that day, the two men have been on opposite political trajectories.

McDonnell has watched his political career implode over revelations regarding the relationship between his family and a major donor. Christie, on the other hand, has soared -- using his brash style to catapult himself into the top tier of 2016 candidates.

We broke down that tale of two governors in "In Play". Check it out.

When they won election in 2009, both Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were seen as having national potential for the GOP. A few years later, one is barely clinging to office, while the other is a possible 2016 contender. (The Washington Post)

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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