You can’t see Paris from the George Washington Bridge. But the terrorist atrocity in the City of Light may be the event that makes it possible to look at Chris Christie without thinking of traffic cones and an act of gratuitous and capricious exercise of government power. If 2016 is going to be, as it looks to be at the moment, a foreign policy election where a good record on terrorism is a vital asset, then Christie’s chances to make an impact on the presidential race can’t be entirely discounted. Moreover, as the New York Times reports, his eloquent invocation of 9/11 in stump speeches may be starting to win the hearts of New Hampshire Republicans giving him a chance of at least a respectable finish in the first-in-the-nation primary. But the question to ask about Christie today isn’t just how much playing the 9/11 card will be worth to his candidacy. The other question some in the party may be asking today as his fortunes improve is whether a strong showing by Christie will actually serve to further divide GOP moderates and make it easier for a conservative like Ted Cruz or an outlier like Donald Trump to cruise to the nomination.