Ohio gov. urges Christie to run for White House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is among Republicans urging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the fray for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

The Columbus Dispatch reports in Tuesday’s editions (http://bit.ly/mVEmiK ) that Kasich has called Christie to encourage him to run. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols tells the paper the Ohio governor thinks the New Jerseyan would be a good candidate.

Christie is expected to say soon whether he will reverse his long-held decision to stay out of the GOP campaign for the White House. The first-term Republican governor is being wooed for his national star power and no-nonsense public persona.

The Dispatch reports Kasich had liked Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as a presidential candidate, but Barbour decided earlier this year not to pursue the Republican nomination.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com