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Haley Barbour: Christie Has 'Real Potential' as Presidential Candidate

By Dan Weil   |   Monday, 04 Nov 2013 12:57 PM

Washington is proving itself dysfunctional, former Mississippi GOP Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday.

"For governors who get paid to do things, you know, it really is concerning that Washington’s just constipated," he told CNBC.

"I mean there’s just nothing else you can say about it. The president doesn’t lead. The Republicans, I thought, really did themselves a lot of damage [in the government shutdown]. The Democrats are not interested in working together. And there’s nothing to recommend it right now."

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The GOP should hitch its wagons to successful governors, Barbour said.

"If you look at governors and their records of success, whether it’s Scott Walker [of Wisconsin], [Ohio's] John Kasich — Rick Perry from Texas has had a fantastic run," he said.

"And that’s where we are actually in control. Chris Christie [is] going to win a huge victory [tomorrow] in New Jersey , a Democratic state. Why? Because he’s done a good job. That’s what people want, somebody to get the job done."

Christie is expected to win re-election Tuesday in New Jersey by a significant margin over Democratic challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono.

Christie could make a strong presidential candidate, Barbour said. "I think the guy has got real potential and such huge advantage for him to be in the New York media market. He has seen so much more than the governor of Louisiana or the governor of Wisconsin."

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