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Similar circumstances, similar falls [Commentary]

Similar circumstances, similar falls [Commentary]

To someone who has been engaged for most of his life in both politics and the media, the parallel story lines of Chris Christie and Rupert Murdoch are fascinating. Both hold reputations as tough, hard-fisted taskmasters — brilliant, successful, in their respective fields: Murdoch as a publisher, Christie as a politician.

Until recently, that is. They've stumbled. Some say mightily; others suggest only modestly.

Governor Christie and his staff are under investigation for allegedly clogging up bridges, using federal funds inappropriately, bullying local officials and plying friendly politicians with appointments and lucrative projects. Mr. Murdoch and officials from his now...