Santorum Runs Again?

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He hasn’t made a formal announcement yet, but sitting down with the Washington Post to mull your (possible) presidential campaign seems to be good way let the world know that, yeah, you’re probably running. So let’s just consider Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania’s former U.S. senator, a lock to run for the 2016 Republican nomination. The Post’s headline even drops the pretense: “Rick Santorum is running for president again,” it shouts.

“Again.” (He ran and lost the nomination in 2012 to Mitt Romney.) Only this time, he says, he’s ready.
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How Tuesday Helped Chris Christie’s Presidential Ambitions

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In 1962, Richard Nixon lost his campaign to be California governor. In 1968, he was elected president.

In between, he spent years campaigning for just about every Republican who would consent to share a dais with him. He built up a huge account of contacts and people who owed him favors. And when the time came to run for president, he called in those favors, winning office on the back of a network of politicians who owed him one.

All of which is to say: History is smiling brightly on Chris Christie’s nascent 2016 presidential campaign this morning.

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Christie, Protester Discuss Fallout From ‘Shut Up’ Incident

Both Chris Christie and protester Jim Keady are talking after an incident earlier this week where Christie told Keady to “sit down and shut up.” And things seem to be working out for both of them! Ahh, politics.

Keady, for his part, is doing the rounds on national media using this line: “I’m a 6-foot-4, 215-pound former pro-athlete. I’m not going to be bullied by him.” Which is not only a clever line, but reminds you he used to be a professional athlete! (He was the backup to U.S. goalkeeping legend Tim Howard for the North Jersey Imperials in the 1990s.)

Keady’s also gotten a lot of attention for his group, Finish the Job, which advocates that Christie has not done enough for Superstorm Sandy relief. “His administration is sitting on $800 million of taxpayer money that was supposed to go to our fellow New Jerseyans,” Keady told Bloomberg. Now people all over the country know about Keady!

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Chris Christie Tired of Hearing About Minimum Wage

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With the Pennsylvania governor’s race a complete snore — even the most optimistic Republican poll still gives Wolf a 7-point edge — we turn to New Jersey to see what’s up with Gov. Chris Christie.

When we last left him he was arguing with a retired cop on the “Ask the Governor” radio show. Yesterday, at a fundraiser in Washington, Christie said he was tired of hearing about the minimum wage.

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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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