Potential presidential candidate, Republican Chris Christie, is facing pressure to up his campaign.
Chris Christie has been a front runner for the Republicans for some time but he faces stiff competition, particularly from Jeb Bush who is rapidly bringing donors to his campaign.
Chris Christie was once a very strong contender for the republicans but he has recently encountered problems at home and has been slow to get his campaign off the ground leaving many to wonder if he really is the right man for the republicans to seriously back for the presidential race.
According to a report by Reuters, the former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, an early Christie mentor, diagnosed Christie’s problem on Friday after The Washington Post and The New York Times published stories detailing the defection of Christie donors to Bush, the former Florida governor, and others.
“I think you’ve got to make sure you have the right national staff, and I’m not sure he’s done that yet,” Kean said in a telephone interview. “If you haven’t been around this track before it’s treacherous. … He’s been slow putting that kind of team together.”
What many of the backers for Christie are hoping is that he will be able to make it though these early stages and move on to later in the year when it will be all about the candidate debates, an area that Chris Christie will do well in thanks to his naturally strong speaking powers.
Kean added: “He may well win those debates. He’s just very, very able, regardless of the record, regardless of what you think of him, regardless of anything else.”
The problem is that Christie may not be able to hang on for that long if his current run continues and he still needs to convince more conservative republicans that he is not only a politician who can lead from the middle.
According to Reuters, Christie ranks in the middle of the pack in polls of Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, which holds the second nominating contest and where Christie needs to do well to outlast other likely big-name contenders like Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“I think he’s waking up to the reality that this isn’t quite what he thought it would be,” said a Republican strategist familiar with the workings of the Christie camp. “It isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.”