Looks like it’s on: RNC Finance Chair to serve that role in Chris Christie 2016 run?

So, it isn’t just the Dallas Cowboys and accepting big-bucks trips from owner Jerry Jones that Chris Christie is interested in in Texas.

Looks like Chris Christie, who has seen some of the GOP enthusiasm turn from him to Jeb Bush and even Mitt Romney making 2016 noises, has picked up a big Texas bundler to raise the big money it’s going to take for him to mount a serious try at the GOP 2016 primary. And more importantly, to try to keep from falling behind Bush or even Romney, who lost to Obama in 2012.

Via Wall Street Journal a few minutes ago:

Republican National Committee finance chairman Ray Washburne said Monday he is stepping down from his position at the end of the week and will play a role in the 2016 GOP contest for president.

Washburne is a real estate investor from Texas who backed Mitt Romney last cycle. With the RNC Winter Meeting coming later this week in California, GOP White House hopefuls are expected to parade themselves before the party’s bigs. New party officers will also be elected, and Washburne is telling people he won’t be standing for re-election, but will be involved in the 2016 race:

A report Monday said that Mr. Washburne planned to serve as finance chair for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in his possible 2016 presidential bid.

When asked about the potential role, Mr. Washburne said he couldn’t comment as Mr. Christie has yet to say firmly that he is exploring a bid. But he indicated he is a Christie backer.

“It’s no secret I’m a supporter of his,” Mr. Washburne said. “The campaign will be announced in due course.”

Political advisers to Mr. Christie didn’t immediately return requests for comment Monday.



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