MORRISTOWN – Morris County Republican Chairman John Sette is joining the political action committee created by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that is geared toward supporting his 2016 presidential run.
“I’m honored to be asked to be part of this. I’m going to be on the finance committee, and I’m going to try my best,” Sette told PolitickerNJ on Monday, confirming that he has joined the PAC formed by Christie, known as Leadership Matters for America. “We’ve been successful in raising money for the governor in Morris County in the past, and we will do our best again.”
Sette referred to his fundraising role during Christie’s successful gubernatorial campaigns in 2009 and 2013 as one reason to believe that Christie’s PAC will be able to compete with the fundraising efforts of potential GOP rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, former governors of Florida and Massachusetts, respectively.
“There are going to be a lot of people out there competing for money, but I think [Christie] has put a good committee together. I think we’ll be very successful. We haven’t let him down in the past, and I’m sure we’re not going to let him down this time.”
Asked what he believed Christie’s greatest selling point is amidst a competitive GOP donor marketplace, Sette referred to the bluntness that is a critical component of the Christie brand.
“[Christie] tells you the truth. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear,” Sette said. “If you look at the gridlock in Washington, D.C. now, I think that would be a big plus. If I’m not mistaken, the last time he ran for governor he got contributions, large and small, from all 50 states. That’s got to say something.”