Daily Herald, George LeClaire, Associated Press
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's supporters are getting ready to launch a super PAC that could raise and spend unlimited sums of money as he moves toward a formal campaign for president in 2016.

A person familiar with the Christie team's efforts says the committee could be formed as early as next week. The person is not authorized to discuss his plans publicly and is speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Cox is likely to play a role. He is already working for Christie's political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, which launched last month.

Several of Christie's potential competitors, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, already have organizations in place that can collect unlimited cash.