The New York Times reports that a campaign-in-waiting has formed around New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is under increasing pressure to launch a bid for the White House.
Advisers and supporters are exploring what it would take to get Christie on primary ballots, while keeping fundraising staff and volunteers on call in the event he decides to jump in. One person involved told the Times that advisers are confident the operation can be started in under 24 hours once Christie makes his decision.
Christie is reconsidering his earlier denials, and according to sources familiar with the governor’s thinking, he is beginning to lean in the direction of running.
Among those pushing Christie to run are a slew of billionaire businessmen, News Corps’ Rupert Murdoch, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
A decision from Christie is expected in the next two weeks — in advance of the first primary filing deadline on October 31st.
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