New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie plans to launch a leadership political action committee, nudging him one step closer to a possible 2016 presidential campaign, The New York Times reports.
The PAC, which could be announced as early as this month, could help finance political travel and provide a fund-raising vehicle for would-be donors, though Christie won't announce any White House plans until the end of spring, The Times reports.
The timing lets Christie and his advisors see what impact federal investigations
have had on his administration, The Times reports.
Likely head of the PAC would be Phil Cox, a political consultant and former director of the Republican Governors Association, the newspaper reports.
The account follows by one week the announcement from potential Republican 2016 contender, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, of his own leadership PAC
– and news that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is "seriously considering"
Christie, Romney, and Bush would likely appeal to similar Republican voters and donors eager to back a moderate candidate, Business Insider notes.
The Times reports Christie backer and businessman Ken Langone will host a dinner for the governor to talk about his plans with prospective donors next week. Christie is set to attend
the Iowa Freedom Summit the following weekend.
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