Chris Christie would be getting into the race way too late, unless he’s right on time

Michael Bloomberg and Chris Christie (Edward Reed via nyc.gov)
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Supporters and detractors are now unequivocally treating prospective presidential candidate Chris Christie as a full-blown contender.

The New York Post, continuing to leverage the contact list of Jersey-bred reporter Josh Margolin, rounds up supportive quotes from Republican lawmakers. The Star-Ledger, Margolin's old paper (and a paper that will be a must-read for all politics-minded Americans through primary season, at least, if Christie runs) is out with a piece that looks like a piece the Post ran yesterday, full of anonymous quotes indicating he's inching closer.

Thomas DeFrank, the veteran Washington reporter for the Daily News, begins a more critical examination, quoting an anonymous G.O.P. operative saying that Christie, on the trail, is likely to suffer some major setbacks: he'll lose New Hampshire and Iowa, most likely, and his chances don't look that good in the south either.

Steve Kornacki doesn't quite buy that.

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Christie's wife, Pat, is on board with a run, said a source. [Star-Ledger]

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