Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) support appears to be reaching new lows at the worst possible time. A new Monmouth University poll puts the governor’s approval rating at just 35%, with only 30% having a favorable opinion of Christie personally.
* On ABC yesterday, George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) if he would support the Democratic presidential nominee if his campaign comes up short. “Yes,” Sanders replied, adding that he would “absolutely not” run as an independent.
* On a related note, Sanders said in New Hampshire over the weekend that he would register as a Democrat if it were procedurally necessary to compete in all 50 states.
* Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) surprised a few people over the weekend, offering supportive comments about Bruce Jenner: “If [Jenner] says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman.” Last night, the unannounced presidential candidate said his remarks about Jenner were “meant to express empathy not a change in public policy.”
* A conservative group funded by the Koch brothers are trying to curry favor with Latino voters through something called the “LIBRE Initiative,” which is reportedly now up and running in nine states.
* For the fourth time in recent weeks, a high-profile Republican Floridian has passed on next year’s U.S. Senate race. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) bowed out late last week, following similar announcements from Rep. Tom Rooney, former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, and Florida’s elected chief financial officer Jeff Atwater.
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) hasn’t officially launched his presidential campaign yet, but he said yesterday the likelihood of him entering the race “looks pretty good.”
* Similarly, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) hasn’t made his national campaign official just yet, but over the weekend, he seemed to leave little doubt that his kickoff is on the way. “Get ready,” he told Republican activists in his home state of South Carolina on Saturday.