Chris Christie and Ted Cruz Slam Iran at Adelson Event

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie walks off stage after addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 26, 2015.

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Chris Christie and Ted Cruz -- potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination next year -- competed for the affections of one of the party’s most prized benefactors: billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

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