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Chris Christie Lends Hand to Potential 2016 Rival

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One potential Republican presidential candidate came to the aid of another on Monday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited Wisconsin to stump for incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.

Christie, who heads the Republican Governors Association, called Walker a friend and said the race was “personal to me.”

“Scott has done the things a good governor needs to do. He has made the hard decisions, he deserves to be re-elected,” Christie said.

The potential irony is that if Walker survives the close election, the two governors may soon be rivals in 2016. Both have been mentioned as potential presidential contenders, though Walker’s prospects would take a hit if he were to lose to Democratic challenger Mary Burke in November.

Christie also used his appearance to take a dig at Burke for accusations that she plagiarized her jobs plan from other Democratic candidates.

“Her whole campaign has been surrounding this economic jobs plan of hers, and wait, what do we find out? It’s not hers,” Christie said.

Burke said a consultant is responsible for crafting her economic plan that included sections identical to other candidates’ plans without citations. The consultant no longer works with the campaign, Burke said.

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