2. He's a "Big Draw" -- and I don't mean that snarkily -- on a national level.
From what I understand, his abrasive style has worn a bit thin in NJ, but his national audience--even those who don't particularly like the guy--have not yet tired of him. Thus far, to those who aren't paying attention, he's a "No bullshit" type who stands out in a sea of people who parse and backtrack.
Of course, that might not be so good for parsing and backtracking Mittsy...might point out the vast difference in their willingness to confront issues, even if they are both on the wrong side of the political fence.