While many of the heavyweight Republican donors are staying mum on the 2016 presidential election, one is already throwing his weight behind Gov. Chris Christie.

 

Governor Chris Christie answers questions during his town hall in Long Branch, N.J. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone is convinced that Christie can win the election, and does not believe Bridgegate will be an impediment.

Langone believes that the governor will run and will be a formidable competitor.

"People I talk to are still high on him," Langone said in an interview. "He looks fabulous. He looks healthy. He looks energized."

Langone led the unsuccessful effort to try to get Christie to run for the White House in 2012.

On the Bridgegate investigation, the billionaire said if there was a smoking gun, it would have been leaked by now.

Langone's early support is a rarity. Most big money donors are not expected to endorse candidates until after the November mid-term elections.