By Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
(CNN) — As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fights back against the biggest political controversy of his career, he’s under fire, as expected, from opportunistic attacks from the left.
But there are plenty within his own party who may also be pleased to see the tough-talking Republican governor get a bit of a comeuppance.
The party’s conservative base has never warmed to Christie. And he angered other Republicans with his 2012 Republican National Convention speech that was more about him than the party’s nominee Mitt Romney.
And some will never forgive him for his public embrace of President Barack Obama who was surveying damage in New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy just days before the presidential election.