Governor Chris Christie is taking on Republican Rand Paul while still casting himself as a conservative.
Christie has been working on his national profile for more than a year now, but this time he's engaging in 2016 national primary politics while running for re-election in his own state.
"I think it makes sense for Christie to separate himself and distinguish himself by anointing himself to the top of the more moderate wing of the Republican Party at this point," said Matt Katz, who covers the governor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and writes the blog The Christie Chronicles. He spoke today to WNYC's Amy Eddings.
To hear the full interview with Matt Katz, click on the audio above.