When asked on August 14, 2014, whether he would enter the presidential race in 2016, Christie stated, "I’m thinking about it. It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family. Probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next I’ll decide." Christie made visits to key states, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, in 2012. He was also a headlining Republican at a national fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013. There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.
- Sen. Rand Paul took issue with Christie's use of $25 million in federal hurricane relief on New Jersey's "Stronger than the Storm" tourism marketing campaign. Paul stated on the use of the disaster relief funding, "In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office. Do you think there might be a conflict of interest there?" On January 13, 2014, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone announced a federal investigation stemming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on whether the money was used improperly. Twenty subpeaonas were issued in the investigation.
- Christie was accused of closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge, blocking traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, whose mayor would not endorse Christie's re-election campaign. Christie ended up firing a top aide and his campaign manager while claiming, "I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution."
Comments on possible campaign
- In an interview with CNN in November 2013, Christie objected to the political label of a "moderate," saying he considers himself a conservative. "I've governed as a conservative in this state, and I think that's led to some people disagreeing with me in our state, because it's generally a left-of-center, blue state."
Public opinion polls
- According to a Quinnipiac poll released January 21, 2014, Clinton led Christie with 46% supporting Clinton while 38% supported Christie.
- In a March 2014 poll released by CNN, Christie only registered 8% support compared to front-runners Rand Paul at 16%, Paul Ryan at 15% and Rick Perry at 11%.
- A July 2014 Gallup poll indicated top four finishers for favorability were Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Paul Ryan. Christie received the lowest favorability of candidates in the poll while also earning the highest familiarity rating.
- NJ.com, "Chris Christie on 2016 presidential run: 'I’m thinking about it'," August 14, 2014
- New York Daily News, "Election 2016: A look at possible candidates and who could run in the next presidential race," August 17, 2013
- Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," August 26, 2013
- Center on the American Governor, "The Governors Who Became President: Brief Biographies," accessed October 30, 2013
- Asbury Park Press, "Rand Paul bashes Chris Christie again on 'Stronger than the Storm' ads," November 15, 2013
- USA Today, "Feds probe Sandy funds in Christie tourism ad," January 13, 2014
- USA Today, "20 'Bridgegate' subpoenas include key Christie aides," January 17, 2014
- USA Today, "Gov. Christie fires aide, apologizes to New Jersey," January 9, 2014
- Weekly Standard, "Chris Christie: I'm a Conservative, Not a Moderate," November 5, 2013
- Politico, "2016 poll: Hillary Clinton ahead of Chris Christie," January 21, 2014
- CNN, "CNN Poll: Rand Paul goes where his father never went," March 16, 2014
- Weekly Standard, "Gallup: Huckabee, Paul, Ryan, Perry GOP's 2016 Favorites," July 18, 2014