Chris Christie Says GOP Must Win So It Can Control 'Voting Mechanisms'

Election '16

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is going around the country campaigning for several Republican gubernatorial candidates who are in close races, in what is widely seen as a precursor to his 2016 presidential campaign.

Speaking on Tuesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Christie revealed that winning these governors' political support isn't the only reason he's supporting their campaigns. His other motivation? Ensuring that they control the “voting mechanisms” in their states, presumably to assist GOP wins:

“Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed FitzGerald?” he asked.

Christie didn't explain how exactly the Republicans would take control of the “voting mechanism” to the advantage of the Big Business interests the Chamber represents, but presumably discriminatory voter ID laws and tactics like losing 40,000 mostly minority voter registration forms are what he has in mind.

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