Washington (CNN) – Chris Christie's handling of access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge - and the fact that his staff closed the lanes for apparent political retribution - will not matter to voters if the Governor decides to run for president, three Republican committeemen from early primary and caucus states said Thursday.
"I don't think this will make any difference whatsoever if Gov. Christie runs," Stephen Duprey, Republican National Committeeman from New Hampshire, told CNN. "People in New Hampshire could care less about whether some bureaucrat working on his staff did something stupid like this."
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Duprey said the controversy – which comes roughly two years before from the 2016 New Hampshire primary - is "much ado about nothing and the New Hampshire primary voters could care less."
Glenn McCall, the Republican Party's committeeman from South Carolina, echoed Duprey, telling CNN he hasn't heard many people talking about the issue in the Palmetto State and he doubts it will be important to voters in the run up to 2016.
"It doesn't matter," he said. "He did what a leader should do. You take accountability for what happened."
He continued: "I think most folks I talk to in our state, really appreciate his frankness, his candor, his leadership style."
What's more, McCall said he worries that stories like this "distract from the disaster of Obamacare," President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law that has drawn the ire of many conservatives and has suffered from a flawed roll out.
Christie, the early Republican frontrunner for his party's presidential nomination in 2016, has found himself embroiled in the scandal involving his staff, a Democratic mayor of a New Jersey borough and the George Washington Bridge.
The September lane closures caused massive traffic backups in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Christie's administration has long blamed the traffic jam on an incompetent traffic study.
But on Wednesday, news broke that Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff, had ordered the lane closures as political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who didn't endorse Christie in his 2013 reelection.
Christie apologized to residents of Fort Lee at a much-watched press conference Thursday and told reporters that he fired Kelly and cut of ties with his longtime political adviser Bill Stepien. Christie vowed that he had no knowledge of the retribution and first learned of it early on Wednesday, when the story broke.
Juliana Bergeron, a Republican national committeewoman from New Hampshire, said she was impressed by Christie's press conference. As for voters in her home state, Bergeron said she hasn't heard many concerns in the last 48 hours and believes this story will not matter by January 2016.
"I have not heard a lot of talk about this," Bergeron said via email. "2016 is further away than we political junkies think. I am sure his opponents/the Dems will try to keep the story going, but I think it will die down and have little or no effect in 2016."
Christie has not yet declared whether he will run for president in 2016, but the governor is seen as a likely candidate. In order to secure his party's nomination, committeemen like McCall and Duprey – who come from states that play a vital role in the presidential nomination process – will be important.