N.J. Gov. Christie Next GOP Superstar?

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Many GOP leaders feel New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is quickly becoming a hero in the Republican Party.

He's only been in office a year, but is known for slashing spending and taking on Democrat-friendly unions in the state.

Christie took his message to Washington, D.C., Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to follow his lead on spending and accountability.

Christie may not look presidential, but CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody said he "definitely commands a room."

"He's bombastic, funny, and doesn't hold back at all," Brody said after watching Christie speak. "It's why many in Republican circles love him and quite frankly, he may be the closest thing to a rock star the GOP has right now."

Many in the national media had to be turned away from Christie's event at the American Enterprise Institute because it was so crowded.

Christie's speech, titled "It's Time to Do the Big Things," urged taking the nation's problems head on.

Christie has said repeatedly he's not going to run in 2012, but that hasn't stopped the speculation.

"To give you an idea of his popularity, he came in third in the CPAC presidential straw poll last week and didn't even speak. That says something," Brody explained.

Other names being thrown around for a possible GOP presidential bid are Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachman.

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