As Chris Christie announces his bid for the White House, he's expected to lean heavily on the financial support and network of Ken Langone, a billionaire Republican donor and one of Christie's most visible and vocal backers.
But in an interview with National Journal on the eve of Christie's launch, Langone, a cofounder of Home Depot with a Forbes-estimated net worth of $2.7 billion, said he would not be dipping into his personal fortune to write the kind of massive, eight-figure check to Christie's super PAC that would instantly change the complexion of the 2016 race.
"Whoo-oo-oa, whoooa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa," Langone interrupted, when asked if he would make such a donation from his own bank account.
"Would I write a check for $10 million? No, no I wouldn't. But I do something better than that," Langone said. "I go out and get a lot people to write checks, and get them to get people to write checks, and hopefully result in a helluva lot more than $10 million."