WYCKOFF – Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) Chairman Bob Yudin responded to the news that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is creating a political action committee geared toward a 2016 presidential run with confidence that Christie can compete in an increasingly crowded GOP field.
“I have absolutely no doubt he can compete. When he was just in Iowa, Christie said that if Republicans nominate another ideologue, we’ll never get any Republican elected. [Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee] Mitt Romney has run before, he lost and he can’t beat [former U.S. Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton. [Former Florida governor] Jeb Bush has not held elected office for eight years,” Yudin said on Monday in Wyckoff. “Bush can’t win in industrial states like Chris Christie can. People who contribute, large and small, super PACs and individuals, will come to the conclusion that Chris Christie can win. He’s the only Republican who can beat Hillary.”
Yudin derided the idea that Christie might have to adjust his fundraising strategy in light of recent polls that have shown Christie’s popularity in decline, partly because he has spent a large amount of time outside of the state building a national network.
“The governor’s detractors are looking for an excuse to deprecate him. In this age of modern technology, you don’t have to physically be in Trenton to be governor,” Yudin said. “You can sit anywhere in the world and be an effective governor. When your physical presence is needed, as shown with the fire in Edgewater, you’re just a jet flight away.”