Christie says he'd be 'more ready' in 2016
January 7th, 2013
10:38 AM ET
9 years ago

Christie says he'd be 'more ready' in 2016

(CNN) - Asked recently if Gov. Chris Christie would be more prepared for a presidential run in 2016 than he was last cycle, the New Jersey governor gave, as usual, a very frank answer.

"Yeah, you're damn right I'd be more ready," Christie said in an interview published Sunday with the Star-Ledger.

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Donors and other conservatives courted the outspoken Republican governor in the run-up to last year's presidential election. In October 2011, however, he ended speculation when he told reporters in a press conference that he was no longer considering a 2012 run.

"Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon," Christie said. He quickly went on to support Mitt Romney, giving the former Massachusetts governor his highly-sought endorsement.

While proving to be a top surrogate throughout the presidential campaign, Christie came under fire by some on the right for giving high praise to President Barack Obama and appearing with Romney's Democratic opponent in the wake of Superstorm Sandy–just days before Election Day.

Christie's approval ratings in New Jersey have soared in the weeks since the storm destroyed large portions of the state's shoreline. The governor was in the spotlight again last week, appearing in a widely-talked about press conference where he slammed Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives for postponing a vote on federal aid money to storm victims.

The governor still seems laser-focused on storm recovery, saying he plans to make it his prime topic during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

"It erased the blackboard," he said. "Absent Sandy, the speech would be totally different. But once Sandy came, I can't imagine that there's anything else that's relevant as governor to talk about."

Up for re-election this year, Christie told the Star-Ledger he aims to not only win, but win big. While it's rare for a Republican to win statewide election in New Jersey, Christie wants to cross the 50% threshold and prove his viability in a reliable blue state.

"I'll consider that a raging success and a historic success," he said. "I'd consider that to be a real affirmation of my time in office and my vision for the future."

As for his 2016 prospects, a recent survey showed the Republican governor could enter the race with strong support. According to the CNN/ORC International Poll taken in mid-December, 59% of Republicans said they are very or somewhat likely to support Christie for the GOP nomination in 2016. The only person with higher numbers was Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate in 2012, who had support from 75% of Republicans.

Those who fell behind Ryan and Christie in the poll include Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    He'll need Romney-size money to get past the right-wing nutjobs that vote in the republican primaries and caucuses.

    Those pics of him with Obama are gonna be hard to get past.

    January 7, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I still say Christie makes for some really bad optics climbing in and out of his new state helicopter. It looks to be one similar to, or what was used for, Marine One by the POTUS. Try a web search for " Governer Christie new helicopter " Not good.

    January 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Christi should just dump the gop loser party like Chris from Florida who will give the bafoon Scot a beat down in 2014 election .

    January 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    No offense Gov. Christy but there are several reasons why I highly doubt I could ever support you.

    First of all, you said some nasty things about President Obama prior to the storm when you had the full backing of the republikkkan party. I cannot forget them no matter how nice you treated him when you needed him. Would you go back to your old nasty way if your party were behind you? I think so.

    Second of all, I want a president whom is diplomatic and caring, not a bully. We would be in war after war with him at the helm. Imagine if a leader mentioned his obesity, he might be ready to bomb their country.

    And last but not least. I don't want a POTUS that looks like a heart attack waiting to happen. The guy is grossly overweight and very unhealthy. People said President Obama didn't look presidential, well if that is the case, Christy definitely DOESN'T.

    January 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Pete

    It'd be hard if he had to fight against a Hillary and her deep donor pockets,she's in for 2016 no matter who challenges her..This Bengahzi deal will blow over and it'll be full steam ahead if she does run ...Christie from now on better pick his battles wisely because one of those could be his undoing and it could be from one of his own political collegues, you know republicans they've been known to eat their own!!

    January 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    I remember how all of the media was so fired up about Rick Perry for 2012, until he entered the debates. I don't expect so many debates in 2016, even republicans learn from mistakes when it comes to elections. But it would be interesting to see if Christie shows up as himself, or as an electable right-winger. A lot of repubs think Romney was too liberal; what will they say about Christie?

    I'm lovin it.

    January 7, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Christie says he'd be 'more ready' in 2016"

    That's nice. Let's talk about it in 2016 then. That way, you'll have time to repair your broken research department and start doing some journalism in the interim...maybe start with some truly informative pieces that help all the misinformed talking-point people out there accurately understand the debt ceiling and budget issues at stake instead of just serving everyone a platter of mindless, substanceless "he-said-she-said" blather on a daily basis.

    January 7, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. rs

    Mr. Christie is way too smart and pragmatic a candidate to run within the GOP successfully- all they want are fundamentalists, Israeli apologists, plutocrats, and crackpots from the far, far right. I don't see him running as a Democrat, and Independents are never successful as Presidential candidates. This presents a serious series of blocks to his candidacy.

    January 7, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. judy

    Christie has done a good job the last few months. But he would need to not only change party's but learn not to be so crass. I don't think the world would be ready for this guy .

    January 7, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    I think his comment about NJ and NY supporting the Red States will sink him: they did not appreciate being reminded of the fact they are leeches, and won't support him.

    January 7, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. ST

    If I were Christie, I would wait and see the polls where I stand now before saying anything about 2016 bid. I have a feeling Christie you are no longer GOP cup of tea. The way they treated you when you asked for the aid of Sandy victims, tells all.

    January 7, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Woman In California

    Although I liked the way Christie handled himself during Sandy, I remember the awful, disrespectful things he said about the president–and deep down inside, he's still the same person and I don't trust him or his temper.

    2016 will be the year of surprise. I think a relatively young "unknown" is going to rise up and win the presidency. This is just my opinion.

    January 7, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. MaryM

    Christi, Dump the republican party. Christi/.Booker 2016. Time to start a new party. A party for the American people.

    January 7, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is there any way for him to be LESS ready three years from now?
    Slow news day for CNN I guess.

    January 7, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Infanitle Middle-School Gossip: This article.

    Journalism: Reporting substantively about who this guy really is...all of the decisions and policies Christie has made while governor, like what he's done to the teachers and education system in NJ or his ridiculous decision to nix the tunnel project, instead of serving up 4 years of fluff just to prop him up and lend him unwarranted and undeserved legitimacy as a POTUS candidate in hopes it will make for a better, closer, more sensational horse race in 2016.

    January 7, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie will face an immediate storm when Tea Party and fiscal conservative politicians in his own party vote NO on the Sandy relief bill. He may be a target of a purge when he blasts them for denying relief money for storm victims in New Jersey.

    January 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Dee

    If Christie is serious about running he will have to take a look at his health and the obesity problem he is a ticking time bomb and that sure will be a factor. The grueling traveling and running up the stairs on Air Force One plus his temperment will also be a factor. It is his way or no way and that is not how he will be able to govern the US and deal with leaders of other countries.

    January 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    Hey, Rudy, you forgot to mention that Christie uses the giant copter to go to his son's ball games. That was a great story.

    January 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    even though he is currently the obstructionist partys' best chance to win, he won't make it through the primaries. Praising Obama, blasting red states (properly) about $ and generally being moderate on some issues will sink him. The talking heads will support only a "true conservative"...meaning all guns all the time, no gays, no abortion, prayer in all schools, spending on their pet project but denying and whining about other items, and generally being anti-anyone who isn't white and christian

    January 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. onlyfacts

    He may be an intelligent person and he has acted responsibly to the Sandy disaster, but I wouldn't want his HUGE ego as President. If Hillary runs I guarantee he and several other GOP hopefuls will sit this one out anyway.

    January 7, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Name lynn

    another roomey running for the president seat, his name is chris christie man. Theses republicans want let, up now we will see if hillary clinton runs for the president set.

    January 7, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @rs: Well put.
    May I also point out that the GOP has been so incrdibly horrific in their dealings and treatment of President Obama that we're actually willing to discuss and give a second glance to one of their ilk simply because "once upon a time when he needed the President's help" said individual treated the President of the United States of America with the respect that was his due and that he'd earned. This is how we set ourselves up over and over.
    You can't make this crap up.....

    January 7, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. J'cincinnati'Redd

    Oh please, in four more years he will even fatter then he is now. I just dont trust Christie,and i never will.

    January 7, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "Christie says he'd be 'more ready' in 2016"

    "Public says it doesn't care until 2016"


    January 7, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |