New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be a stellar Republican candidate for president in 2012, says former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Christie, who became the first Republican to win a statewide contest in the Liberty and Prosperity State in 12 years in 2009, is “perceived quite correctly as a poster boy for governors today, showing remarkable courage and success,” Koch says in an exclusive Newsmax interview. “It’s very likely he will be one of top two or three contenders for the nomination.”
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Koch says he would prefer to endorse a Democrat in 2012, although he doesn’t rule out endorsing Christie. “But I don’t at this moment plan on doing it.”
On the Democratic side, Koch agrees with some that, if President Barack Obama faces a challenge from within his own party, it will come from the far left.
But Obama ultimately will be the Democratic nominee, Koch says, adding this bit of advice, perhaps gleaned from his own days as a congressman: “He has a chance of getting re-elected if he pulls in his horns and engages in bona-fide negotiations and seeks partnership with Republicans on legislation.”
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