How to stop ‘crony capitalism’
“They’ve been doing this for years, and now we’re going to see what happens when it comes to a major political party that is trying to make a buck,” said Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who is now a Democratic presidential candidate.
“I don’t think you should be in this business unless you can’t afford to pay your bills, but the question is how much?”
“I think it’s pretty obvious, that what they’ve done is outrageous and that they’re going back to what they did before,” Christie said.
The former Christie ally and Democratic presidential contender is facing a major test in the state in a state that has gone for Republicans in every presidential election since 1992.
Christie has spent much of the year trying to rally support in the GOP primary, but he has struggled to connect with voters and has had to do some outreach to the party base.
“They have a huge advantage in this state,” said former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush, who is running for president.
“It’s hard to say if they’re gonna make it, but it’s hard not to be concerned.”
The state’s top Democrat, Rep. Joe Crowley, is also looking to shore up support, telling ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on “This Week” that he will be traveling to the state for the first time next week to rally the GOP base.
He said that the GOP has been using the bully pulpit and the state GOP convention to “attack the establishment, attack the political establishment.”
“They don’t have a message that they can run on and that’s the biggest problem,” Crowley said.
“There are a lot of people who are concerned about the tone of their campaign.”
The party’s primary in South Florida will be held on June 5.
A Democratic challenger, former state Attorney General Charlie Crist, has a sizable lead in the polls against Republican Donald Trump.
The candidates for governor are expected to spend the first few weeks of their campaigns hitting the campaign trail in Florida, a state in which Democrats have held a 10-point advantage for the past decade.
The race has been a bruising one for the Democratic nominee, who has struggled since announcing her candidacy in August, and she has faced criticism for her handling of the Hurricane Matthew response.
“It’s an old story in Florida: when you’re not doing your job, you don’t get the votes,” said Michael Baumgartner, a former Bush adviser who is campaigning for Christie.
But Republican voters, in contrast, are more supportive of Christie than they have been in recent memory.
As recently as last month, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist had a 10 point lead over Republican opponent Donald Trump, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
But in a recent poll by Public Policy Polling, Trump led Christie by 11 points, 46 percent to 35 percent.