January 25 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken a critical first step on the path to a potential presidential run.
Christie filed paperwork late Friday with the FEC to form the “Leadership Matters for America” political action committee, the Wall Street Journal reported. Christie is staffing up and plans several political trips in February, according to the report, and a website for the new PAC is set to go live at midnight. Christie aides told WSJ the PAC will allow the governor to bring donors on board, but that he has not made a final decision on whether to run.
This new entity will allow Christie to raise funds, travel the country and support other candidates. Christie’s Iowa trip over the weekend to speak at the Freedom Summit fell under this new PAC, according to the report. “Leadership Matters for America” will reportedly be run by outgoing Republican National Committee finance director Ray Washburne and senior advisers Phil Cox and Mike Duhaime.
Christie is expected to makes stops for fundraising in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and California. He is scheduled to speak at Republican dinner events in Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire in February. He travels in his capacity as governor to the United Kingdom on a New Jersey mission this weekend.