The Republican Party needs a new top candidate for president, and a newly stirring Gov. Chris Christie would fill that void, University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato reveals to Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

And beyond filling a void, Sabato says New Jersey’s Republican governor can win the GOP nomination and conceivably go on to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012.

Sabato explains that he thinks the Republican Party is “disappointed with Perry and Romney,” and the party “has an appetite for a new candidate.” In describing the Christie’s ability to go up against the top-tier candidates, Sabato adds, “Christie is in a league with those two.”

On Friday, Newsmax broke the story that Christie is indicating that he might be inclined to run — despite the protestations of some aides.

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