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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."[1] Christie made visits to key states, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, in 2012.[2] He was also a headlining Republican at a national fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013.[3] There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[4]


  • 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?"[5] 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.[6] Twenty subpeaonas were issued in the investigation.[7]
  • 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."[8]

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.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • A McClatchy-Marist poll released December 11, 2013, showed Christie defeating likely Republican challenger Rand Paul 18% to 12%.[11]
  • According to a Quinnipiac poll released January 21, 2014, Clinton led Christie with 46% supporting Clinton while 38% supported Christie.[12]
  • 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%.[13]
  1. Time, "Chris Christie Says He Won’t Rule Out Presidential Run," October 8, 2013
  2. New York Daily News, "Election 2016: A look at possible candidates and who could run in the next presidential race," August 17, 2013
  3. Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," August 26, 2013
  4. Center on the American Governor, "The Governors Who Became President: Brief Biographies," accessed October 30, 2013
  5. Asbury Park Press, "Rand Paul bashes Chris Christie again on 'Stronger than the Storm' ads," November 15, 2013
  6. USA Today, "Feds probe Sandy funds in Christie tourism ad," January 13, 2014
  7. USA Today, "20 'Bridgegate' subpoenas include key Christie aides," January 17, 2014
  8. USA Today, "Gov. Christie fires aide, apologizes to New Jersey," January 9, 2014
  9. USA Today, "Poll: Clinton leads Christie in early look at 2016," November 12, 2013
  10. Asbury Park Press, "Chris Christie's crossover strategy works outside of N.J., too, poll says," November 20, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Politico, "2016 poll: Chris Christie 42%, Hillary Clinton 41%," December 11, 2013
  12. Politico, "2016 poll: Hillary Clinton ahead of Chris Christie," January 21, 2014
  13. CNN, "CNN Poll: Rand Paul goes where his father never went," March 16, 2014