Charlie Crist celebrates Jewish New Year, moves closer to decision on 2014 bid

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist not only celebrated the arrival of Rosh Hashanah with old friends, according to Lloyd Dunkelberger of the Herald-Tribune, but he might also be finalizing a decision to run in 2014.

To observe the Jewish New Year, Crist dined with Steve Geller, a former classmate at Florida State University and state senator who was also the Democratic leader during his term as governor, before attending Temple Solel in Hollywood for services.

Meeting his old friend for the holiday has become a Crist tradition dating back to 2007, his first year as Republican governor. This time, however, the former Republican is meeting potential supporters as a Democrat in Broward County, the most Democratic region in South Florida.

Crist has always made a point to be inclusive, but this year the Broward vote will be critical to any chance the Democrats will have in reclaiming the governorship. His high-profile name recognition, as well as his middle-of-the-road political philosophy, will be the key to a higher voter turnout in 2014.

According to supporters close to Crist, any announcement on the governor’s race should arrive by next month, to coincide with the October 1 fundraising cycle. 

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