While New Jersey governor Chris Christie has recently said he doesn’t see himself as being ready to be president yet, his former law partner and current adviser has admitted he’s considering forming a PAC to investigate the viability of a Christie run, because it’s like “leaving money on the table” if it’s not done.
Could this be the first signs that Christie might actually reconsider a 2012 run? Christie admits he recognizes the opportunity. As a red governor in a very blue state, Christie’s example has inspired folks like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich to be bold in cutting the fat from their state budgets without apology.
Christie’s in-your-face, unapologetic fiscal conservatism is a huge antidote to the bloated “compassionate conservatism” of the Bush years. And while the New Jersey governor may be in need of fat burners personally, he’s proven he can make even a liberal east coast state go on a budgetary diet.
Skills and leadership like that are rare, and that’s what’s really behind the interest in Christie as a White House antidote to four years of Barak Obama.