NJ Democratic Mayor: Christie Would Make 'Great President'

Image: NJ Democratic Mayor: Christie Would Make 'Great President' Mayor Brian Stack shares a laugh with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Colin Powell Elementary School in Union City on Jan. 7.

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 05:47 PM

By Greg Richter

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Union City, N.J., Mayor Brian Stack was one of Gov. Chris Christie's Democratic supporters in his 2012 re-election bid, and he's sticking with him even during the bridge-gate controversy that has rocked his office.

In an interview Tuesday with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," Stack even went as far as to say he might support Christie if he runs for president in 2016.

Christie, he said, has been one of New Jersey's best governors and would be a "great president."

As for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's claim that Christie's office threatened to withhold relief aid for Superstorm Sandy if she didn't support a project Christie supported, Stack was not convinced.

"I just think the story is farfetched," he told Tapper.

Stack said he has never been "strong-armed" by Christie, as others have claimed.

Tapper pointed out that Stack has been a supporter of Christie, so wouldn't likely be target.

Stack responded that he supported Democrat Jon Corzine's re-election the first time Christie ran for governor and won.

"That was a big mistake," Stack said, because Corzine, even though a member of his own party, was never as helpful as Christie.

Someone else who hasn't dropped his support for Christie is Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, who hosted a forum for Christie in Florida on Sunday, where 750 people showed up.

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Tuesday, Langone said not everyone at the event was ready to like Christie, but some told him he had changed their minds.

He predicted Christie will survive the attacks on him following news his aides were behind the lane closures that snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge in September.

"You only tackle the guy that's got the ball," Langone said. "This guy right now is a threat to the Democratic Party and … also to the media."



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