When asked during a gubernatorial re-election debate on October 8, 2013, whether he would consider a presidential run in 2016, Christie stated, "I won’t make those decisions until I have to." 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."
Public opinion polls
- According to an NBC poll released November 12, 2013, pitting Christie against Hillary Clinton, 44% of adults supported Clinton while 34% supported Christie.
- A November 2013, poll by Siena College Research Institute reported 47% of New Yorkers would vote for Christie in a head-to-head matchup with Andrew Cuomo.
- A December 11, 2013, poll conducted by Quinnipiac showed Christie leading a hypothetical election by 1%. The results showed 42% of Americans supported Christie, while 41% supported Hillary Clinton.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll released December 11, 2013, showed Christie defeating likely Republican challenger Rand Paul 18% to 12%.
- 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%.
- Time, "Chris Christie Says He Won’t Rule Out Presidential Run," October 8, 2013
- 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
- USA Today, "Poll: Clinton leads Christie in early look at 2016," November 12, 2013
- Asbury Park Press, "Chris Christie's crossover strategy works outside of N.J., too, poll says," November 20, 2013
- Politico, "2016 poll: Chris Christie 42%, Hillary Clinton 41%," December 11, 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