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Most Americans haven't heard much about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. But with Rick Perry becoming a joke for late-night comedians, Christie's being touted by influential Republicans and financial backers as the latest instant white knight. We hear how Christie's speech last night in California is keeping the prospect alive. Also, a US fugitive tracked down after 41 years.

Banner image: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers remarks during the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Reagan Library on September 27, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Making News Christie Plays It Coy 7 MIN, 27 SEC

First, this news update on Republican presidential politics. Last night at the Reagan Library in California, Chris Christie talked about America's greatness, disparaged both President Obama and Congress — and then got another chance to take himself out of the race for president. Chris Cillizza is White House reporter for the Washington Post. He also writes its blog, The Fix.


Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)

Main Topic Chris Christie: The Man Who Didn't Say 'No' 37 MIN, 25 SEC

Rick Perry's performance in last week's debate of GOP presidential candidates has been called a "train wreck," and "close to disqualifying" by fellow Republicans cool to Mitt Romney. GOP pundits, professionals and political donors are looking for somebody new, but after denying any interest, the Governor of New Jersey is now playing it coy. What did he say, and what didn't he say last night at the Reagan Library in California. If he did get in, who would he hurt most?  Could he mount an effective campaign in time for next year's primaries? Can anybody unite the Republican Party?

Brigid Harrison, Montclair State University
Jonathan Tobin, National Review / Federalist / Jewish News Service (@jonathans_tobin)
Wayne Slater, journalist and author (@WayneSlater)
John Hawkins, RightWingNews.com (@johnhawkinsrwn)
Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University (@winthroppoll)

Reporter's Notebook Convicted Murderer Captured in Portugal after 41-Year Manhunt 5 MIN, 30 SEC

Convicted of a string of armed robberies and the 1962 murder of a New Jersey gas station owner, George Wright escaped from state prison in 1970 and joined the Black Liberation Army in Detroit. Two years later he hijacked a plane and demanded that FBI agents deliver a million in ransom money — clad only in bathing suits. The plane was flown to Algeria and now, after 41 years on the run, Wright's been captured in Portugal, living quietly with a wife and two children in the beach resort of Sintra. Charlie Webster of the Ashbury Park Press in New Jersey says Wright was tracked down by the New York-New Jersey Fugitive Task force, which "blew the dust" off his case eight years ago.

Charlie Webster, Asbury Park Press

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