One of Gov. Chris Christie’s staunchest allies in the Republican’s fast-materializing quest for the Oval Office says the country is prepared to throw its weight behind the straight-shooting, smooth-talking governor from the Garden State.
“America is ready for the truth and direct talk,” Kevin Langone, the Home Depot co-founder and major GOP donor who came out in support of Christie’s presidential ambitions early this year, told CNBC.
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Also worth noting: Langone’s comments come on the heels of a New York Times story about top Republican business donors trying to settle on a single “establishment” candidate for the 2016 nomination, presumably in an effort to avoid a divisive primary by thinning out what looks to be an already crowded GOP field. Political observers say Christie — along with 2012 nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — heads a shortlist of names that would satisfy that requirement.
Of course, as Bloomberg Politics pointed out today, that strategy isn’t wholly accepted: many Iowa conservatives argue in a primary battleground state like their own, it just won’t work.