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Christie's Support Network is Growing

If, like me, you're interested in reading the 2016 tea leaves despite it being far too early, Robert Costa at NRO has an excellent piece on Gov. Christie's preparations to run for President. The early part of the piece explains how Christie has been quietly lining up big donors and networks of donors. Here's Ken Langone, billionaire cofounder of Home Depot, summarizing how that is going:

“The group is there, believe me, and it’s growing by the day, maybe by a factor of 50 times more than what it was in 2011,” Langone tells me. “He’s getting traction with people because people want to win. After 2012, it dawned on a lot of us that we need to have a better candidate, somebody who can connect, and Christie is the person who can do that.” Langone doesn’t make much of criticism of Christie’s handling of Hurricane Sandy: “I know some people say [Christie] got too close to [Obama], but it wasn’t a time for politics and pandering. It was a crisis! I saw it firsthand at NYU’s medical center, and people who get that aren’t unhappy with him.”

Costa also describes the scene at an RNC gathering last week where Christie gave a "charismatic and upbeat performance."

“I’m in this business to win,” Christie told the RNC attendees, to approving cheers. “For our ideas to matter, we have to win, because if we don’t win, we don’t govern, and if we don’t govern, all we do is shout into the wind.” It wasn’t an ideological overture but a pugnacious and pragmatic message directed to a group that’s tired of losing.

Be sure to read the whole thing.


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