January 7th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Christie for president in 2016: "I'd be more ready"

Days after publicly taking on his own party over storm relief, New Jersey's governor is getting a big stamp of approval. A poll just conducted by Farleigh Dickinson University, gives him a 73% approval rating among New Jersey voters.

Christie is running strong among Independents, Democrats, minorities and women. Which begs the question... could he be a contender in 2016?

OutFront tonight: John Avlon, CNN Contributor, Reihan Salam and Political Analyst Roland Martin.

There's method in Chris Christie's madness

New Jersey, one of the bluest states and where President Barack Obama won 58.3% of the vote in November's presidential election, is poised to re-elect Chris Christie, the state's incumbent Republican governor, this fall.

Having been deeply engaged in New Jersey politics since his youth, Christie seems to relish his role as one of the nation's most powerful and prominent governors. Yet many are wondering whether Christie's popularity in the Garden State has come at the expense of his presidential prospects.

Mitt Romney, for example, decided not to run for re-election as governor of Massachusetts in the 2006 race, sensing that the steps he'd need to take to achieve political success in his left-leaning state might doom his prospects with the more conservative national Republican primary electorate in 2008.

Christie, in contrast, has spent a great deal of time and energy winning over New Jersey voters who had once dismissed him as a loudmouth ideologue. Has Christie made a serious miscalculation that could doom his prospects for national office? Or is he savvier than his critics understand?


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