From a tainted Christie, Republican voters demand time and attention

New Jersey Governor Christie listens to a question from Motorola Chairman and CEO Brown, in ChicagoBy Ellen Wulfhorst MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Sipping his breakfast coffee in a cozy booth at Chez Vachon, a New Hampshire cafe favored by political junkies and a regular stop for aspirants on the campaign trail to the White House, Bill McEvoy debated the presidential future of Republican Chris Christie. Short of that, McEvoy said, “I think he can come out of it looking good.” While Christie has seen support tumble in national polls since the controversy erupted, interviews with more than two dozen voters and party activists in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina – the initial proving grounds for presidential candidates – suggest he may yet be able to overcome the scandal. What many said they want from Christie is time and attention, a display of hands-on, retail politicking ahead of the first caucus in Iowa and the first two primaries, in New Hampshire and in South Carolina.

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