Election 2013 is over — for the rest of the country, of course, as New Mexico didn’t vote this November. But the national implications spill over to the Land of Enchantment. Political reporters noticed that Gov. Susana Martinez went on the campaign trail for victorious Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey. Their question was simple: “Is this the ticket in 2016?”
That’s a couple of years away, obviously, but it’s just as obvious that Christie is running for president of the United States. His message to Republicans is simple — reach out to people who are different than you and broaden your base of support. He believes that by winning in a heavily Democratic state, he has shown that he can win support from Democrats across the country. Martinez, of course, is another red governor in a blue state, and she has the added advantage of speaking Spanish. That ticket could appeal more broadly than to the ever-shrinking GOP base.
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