The Washington Post has a piece today that puts in print what every Republican close to Gov. Chris Christie has muttered lately.
“Christie will be hard-pressed to win over (or win back) donors if Jeb Bush runs. Bush generates great affection and respect among the donor class and many moderate Republicans. With some re-evaluation of George W. Bush’s presidency and the passage of time, the Bush name may no longer be a barrier. Will Jeb Bush run? I’d put the odds at 50-50, but we won’t know for sure until the end of the year, when he said he would make his decision. (It is noteworthy, however, that while Christie is out on the stump for 2014, Bush has not been.) And, yes, Mitt Romney will have to keep reiterating that he is not interested in another presidential run — a run that might divide support among GOP moderates and big donors. Once again, these factors are not within Christie’s control.”
That WaPo piece is here.
Remember, it was President George W. Bush who first put Christie on the map when he tapped him as U.S. Attorney.