November 5th, 2013
09:42 AM ET
9 years ago

Newt Gingrich: Christie 'one of the top contenders' in 2016

(CNN) - Former House Speaker and CNN host Newt Gingrich says he sees New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a major candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich was on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning talking about the prospects and implications of the day's elections that include governors races in New Jersey and Virginia.

In New Jersey, the "Crossfire" host expected what polls have said for months, a landslide victory for Christie against his Democratic challenger, little known state Sen. Barbara Buono.

"He'll probably set the record for at least the last 30 years," Gingrich said of Christie. "The question will be how many Republicans does he bring into the legislature, which will be a big way of measuring his impact institutionally," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

In 2016, Gingrich said he expects Christie to be one of the top four or five contenders for the Republican nomination, alongside Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio and Rick Perry of Texas.

"I think governors will play a big role in '16," said Gingrich, who served 11 terms in the House of Representatives. Gingrich did not mention any of the legislators thought to be candidates for the 2016 nomination like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The Virginia race has been in part a matter of messaging, Gingrich said Tuesday, with businessman and former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe leading in the polls largely because he managed to paint his opponent in a negative light early on. Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state Attorney General, is a tea party favorite whose conservative views have become fodder for McAuliffe in the increasingly purple state.

"The guy who gets defined as an extremist is going to be on defense all the time," Gingrich said.

The messaging and idea of pervasive negativity served as a segue for Gingrich to talk about his new book, "Breakout." According to Gingrich, the book looks at some of the major technological advances and bold ideas in the United States amid what is in large part a complete inability for the political elite to move forward with ideas just as bold.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Zolicon

    Lets get ready to Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuubbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
    Well if I were a betting Man I would bet they are Boxers who became Brain Dead Politicans.

    November 5, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The ONLY contender for the GOP idiots party!!!!!

    November 5, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair


    Chis Christie will never become President of the United States.
    I guess my crystal ball isn't as clear as yours. But I will say this, Lynda... if the ACA continues th be the outright fiasco it's started out to be, every deomcrat is going to have to wear it like a scarlet letter. Hillary? Well, when it comes to the ACA, she's been conspicuous by her silence on the topic, wouldn't you say?
    The question is, what will replace it if it fails? The GOP has not exactly been a breeding ground for new ideas on anything, so the conspicuous silence from the GOP in terms of solutions speaks volumes far more than Hillary's.

    November 5, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    "What a fascinating experience and it just shows how hardened our positions have become. Not one of the liberals on here would acknowledge a clear lie by our president but are so quick to point a lie by Bush."

    Yes, it is fascinating that when a person lies to a group of people (let's say an entire country) with the knowledge he is telling a lie and a reason for telling the lie (to get us into a war), and includes a motive (fear) for the folks to believe the lie (mushroom clouds). Versus a person who says a statement which is somewhat ambiguous and may not be entirely true for everyone, but is certainly true for a huge majotiry of the people (80-95%) he is trying to convince to support his plan, all the while battling against a bevy of liars like the first group (death panels, kill grandma, cost everyone more, ruin the country, socialism, communism).
    Yes, it is fascinating.... (the word of the day appears to be fascinating)

    November 5, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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