Two GOP rivals are inching closer to declaring themselves candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, setting up what should prove a combative primary contest.
On the same day that he delivered a State of the State address that sounded every bit like a speech with national aspirations, the New York Times reported that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is just weeks away from unveiling a new Political Action Committee that will help him raise money for a possible presidential campaign, and signal to donor's that he is seriously considering entering the race.
Not to be overshadowed, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made news of his own on Tuesday by hiring Chip Englander as the campaign manager for his likely 2016 presidential run, the Washington Post reported.
Paul praised Englander's work in helping elect Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in 2014.
"His management of Governor Rauner's successful race last year highlights his strengths: precise and strategic management of massive, grassroots-driven operations," Paul said in a statement.
Though neither man has committed to running for president, the two prospective candidates have kept up a steady stream of criticism aimed at the other over the past two years, with Paul questioning Christie's "bully demeanor" and Christie characterizing Paul as a typical Washington politician, and likening his reaction to the Ebola virus as nothing shy of "hysteria."
One thing is for sure, should Paul and Christie both jump into the race, those Republican debates sure could be lively.