At the moment there are probably at least a dozen serious potential Republican candidates for President in 2016, although that number is likely to be whittled down over the next several months as candidates evaluate and re-evaluate their chances. One candidate facing some tough evaluations at the moment, according to Politico writer Alex Isenstadt, is Chris Christie:
Chris Christie’s political team has a problem: Even the campaign’s supporters need to be reassured that he’s still in the presidential game.
In a recent closed-door “campaign update” meeting with high-powered lobbyists, PR professionals, and attorneys in a downtown Washington, D.C. office, Christie’s defenders were under the gun.
His poll numbers were sinking. There were troublesome budget and pension issues back home. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have cut into Christie’s base of establishment-minded donors.
On this day, the duty to address the widely-held perception that the New Jersey governor is flailing fell to Bill Palatucci, Christie’s political consigliere…
Worth the read (here), especially for those interested in supporting Christie in 2016.