Chris Christie Takes Big Step Toward Running For President

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January 26, 2015 9:57 a.m.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and backers of the Republican governor have formed a new political action committee, a strong indicator that Christie plans to run for president in 2016.

The new PAC, Leadership Matters for America, lets Christie put together the team that he’ll need to run for president as well as raise money for that campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another potential Republican presidential candidate, has already formed his own PAC in a likely move toward running for president.

Over the weekend in Iowa Christie somewhat cryptically called himself “a candidate.”

“We believe there’s a void right now in leadership throughout the country,” Christie adviser Mike DuHaime told the Journal. “We aim to support candidates who are willing to take on tough problems and make tough decisions.”

Outgoing Republican National Committee finance chairman Ray Washburne will serve as the finance chairman of the PAC and James Garcia, a former field director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, will serve as political director.

On the Democratic side, Politico reported on Monday that former President Bill Clinton warned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Bush is the real threat among potential Republican candidates while Christie is more of, in the words of Politico, a “sideshow.”

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