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Why the Kochs Want to Make Chris Christie President

Neither Romney nor Perry has done the one thing that truly excites the Koch brothers and their fellow deep-pocketed Christie fans: take on the public sector unions in a big way.

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Unlike Perry, Christie accepts the scientific consensus on climate change: that it is greatly exacerbated by human activity, such as the use of fossil fuels. This is heresy to Tea Partiers; indeed Charles and David Koch are major funders of a veritable climate-change-denial industry. Still, Christie's acceptance of science didn't stop him from pulling New Jersey out of a regional carbon-trading agreement known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, four months after meeting with David Koch in New York.

"[W]e met in my New York City office and spoke — just the two of us — for about two hours on his objectives and successes in correcting many of the most serious problems of the New Jersey state government," Koch told those attending his Colorado seminar in his introduction of Christie. "At the end of our conversation, I said to myself, 'I'm really impressed and inspired by this man.He is my kind of guy.'"

In his remarks about Christie at the Koch Industries Colorado gathering, Koch lauded the New Jersey governor for his decision to abandon RGGI.

Addressing the millionaires and billionaires assembled by the Koch brothers in Colorado to solicit their pledge to their economic neo-libertarian cause, Chris Christie sounded like a man converted. "Free market" ideas had never before been his stock and trade, but he added them to his lexicon for the benefit of his potential benefactors.

"If you want the free enterprise system to thrive and grow and be available to everybody, then the first thing you have to do is clean out the dysfunctional governments around America," Christie said. "That's the first thing you need to do. Because dysfunctional governments are like the wet blanket on top of free enterprise and opportunity. Because all they do is layer regulation and taxes and burdens on all those people who just wanted opportunities to use their God-given gifts and their ambition and their vision to try to improve their lives and through that, improve the lives of other people."

People, one assumes, like David Koch.



Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter: