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By Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg News (TNS)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formed a political action committee, a step toward entering the 2016 race for president, according to a person familiar with the move.

Christie, a second-term Republican, filed paperwork on Jan. 23 with the Federal Election Commission establishing the Leadership Matters For America PAC, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to disclose the information. The PAC also established a website, where it lists Christie as its honorary chairman.

The step allows Christie, 52, to begin raising money for a potential run. A fundraising strategy is being worked out and will start taking shape as soon as this week, the person said. The governor, who has said he was considering higher office, has been under pressure to announce his intentions since former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made moves this month toward entering the race.

“America has been a nation that has always controlled events and yet today events control us,” the PAC said in a mission statement on its website. “Why? Because leadership matters.”

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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