DAVID M. DRUCKER
Washington Examiner 
November 6, 2013
“Chris Christie 2016″ begins now.
New Jersey’s Republican governor won re-election in a landslide Tuesday, and is expected to immediately begin laying the foundation of a presidential bid.
Christie’s historic victory in the liberal, reliably Democratic Garden State establishes the brash former U.S. attorney as a conservative-minded Republican who could compete nationally despite an electoral map that has grown increasingly inhospitable to GOP candidates. On top of that, his chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association, beginning this month, provides Christie with an influential platform to extend his political influence beyond Trenton.
Running the RGA offers Christie a power base inside the national Republican establishment — one from which he can put his personal stamp on the GOP’s brand and the party’s direction. It also affords the governor an entrée into the world of prominent Republican operatives and wealthy donors, whose support is often crucial in assembling a formidable White House campaign.