Ted Cruz: Chris Christie Is the Rudy Giuliani of 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

Chris Christie’s desire to run for president in 2016 seems pretty clear at this point, as is the desire of his GOP rivals to take him down a notch.

Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who also figures to be a contender for the GOP nomination, provided just the assessment to do that this week. Politico reports: “Seeking to expand his base of support beyond tea partiers, Cruz, who has been working donors and elites aggressively, has routinely dismissed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in private conversations as the ‘Rudy Giuliani of this cycle,’ multiple sources told POLITICO.”
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Christie Says He Lost 85 Pounds

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives at  an event in Nashua, N.H., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at which he campaigned with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein. Christie has been crisscrossing the country to bolster fellow Republicans as chair of the Republicans Governors Association, with a schedule that also has included key states on the presidential nomination calendar as he considers a run in 2016. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives at an event in Nashua, N.H., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at which he campaigned with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein. Christie has been crisscrossing the country to bolster fellow Republicans as chair of the Republicans Governors Association, with a schedule that also has included key states on the presidential nomination calendar as he considers a run in 2016. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Chris Christie has lost 85 pounds since undergoing weight-loss surgery in February 2013, the New Jersey governor has been telling political donors.
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Christie in Nashville: Smacks Obama on Middle East Policy, Calls for Obamacare Repeal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

Speaking to reporters Saturday at a conference of the National Governors Association in Nashville, Tennessee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued to talk like a man with plans for a 2016 presidential run while finding new ways to be coy about actually committing to said presidential run. 

For starters, NJ.com reports that Christie took former BFF President Barack Obama to task for his foreign policy in the Middle East:
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Christie Under Attack for Helicopter Use

Gov. Chris Christie is taking fire for his use of the state helicopter, with the brunt of criticism coming from a group promoting Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects. NJ.com reports that the group, American Bridge, criticized Christie for flying instead of taking a relatively short (and cheaper) 40 minute drive from Haddon Heights to Trenton following a town meeting: Read more »

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