Chris Christie, Scott Walker Court GOP Donors In Las Vegas

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CHRIS CHRISTIE
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) headlined Saturday's list of possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders courting donors in Las Vegas.

Walker and Christie both spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2014 Spring Leadership Meeting, addressing topics ranging from fiscal responsibility to foreign policy.

Walker vowed that the GOP's next presidential nominee must be someone "from outside Washington," touting his success at the state level in cutting spending. He also chimed in on Obamacare, prodding the party to move forward on a new idea.

Christie had a similar message of state-level success, highlighting his savings on New Jersey teacher pensions. He called for an end to Republican infighting, while again taking "ultimate responsibility" for what transpired with the George Washington bridge traffic scandal.

Lurking in the background of those comments was the presence of 80-year-old GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson, who owns the Venetian resort that hosted the four-day conference. As the AP noted earlier this week, the event was already being dubbed "the Sheldon primary," complete with Scotch tastings, private roundtable panels, golf, poker and other activities. Adelson donated more than $90 million to candidates and super PACs during the 2012 election cycle.

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