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Central Texans React to Governor Chris Christie Visiting DFW

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Thursday, kicking off a string of events and fundraisers all over the country.

The money is for the Republican Governors Association, but this could also be a way for Christie to repair his image after the recent "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey.

Things aren't looking good for him recently.

Governor Rick Perry wasn't at the DFW event today and neither was the Republican hopeful for governor, Greg Abbott.

But other people in Central Texas think it might be too soon to tell if he has a chance.

Christie denies knowing his staff was involved with closing lanes of the George Washington Bridge to cause a massive traffic jam, an alleged plot to punish a democratic mayor for not supporting Christie's run for governor.

Waco Tea Party President Toby Marie Walker says this is a bad sign for Christie's potential run for president, but she wouldn't support him anyway.

"Well, we've had a lawless president for the past five years," Walker said. "His administration has been riddled with scandals, so I'm not thrilled with the choice of Chris Christie."

Some locals think that scandals like this, real or not, are just the nature of politics. Christie could still redeem himself and have a chance.

"I don't think he's done anything the rest of them haven't done, he just got caught at it," said Roger Bullard.

On our KCEN-HD Facebook, one viewer said in part, "The last thing we need is some Northeastern Republican running. America has shown it wants...conservative/libertarian..."

Others say it's too soon to tell who the GOP candidate will be, but Texas Republicans will have a big say.
     
"Texas is actually going to have the first primary in the presidential year outside of the four set-aside, carved out states," said Ralph Patterson, Chairman of the Republican Party of McLennan County.

Toby Walker says she already knows exactly what she wants in a president.

"I want someone who can lead the country and unite us, we are so polarized right now that it's not good for the country," Walker said.

She's not sure Chris Christie can fill those shoes.

The governor is the head of the Republican Governors Association, which is why he's on this fundraising tour. His next stop is in Chicago next week.

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