- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chris Christie is an “excellent politician” who could easily win the Republican nod for the White House in 2016, left-leaning comedian Bill Maher told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday.

His beauty and brilliance is that he’s able to energize both sides of the political aisle, Mr. Maher said.

“What I hear, from the left, is, ‘Oh, you don’t realize how conservative Chris Christie really is. He’s not really a moderate.’ And what I hear from the right is the exact opposite,” Mr. Maher said.

And for that, Mr. Christie has a better than average chance to win the presidency, he said.

Chris Christie does every once in a while say something that mollifies the moderates and independents and even some Democrats,” Mr. Maher said, according to Politico. “I’m sure that is how he got elected in my home state, which is after all a blue state. He also is actually a very conservative politician who is perfectly capable of throwing the red meat to the tea party. And he will do a little of each until he gets the nomination and maybe the White House.”

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