WASHINGTON — Republican governor Chris Christie, after a landslide gubernatorial victory in the blue state of New Jersey, has been the center of rumors regarding potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016.
Reuters reported that Christie, who has not been considered conservative enough by the conservative Republican base, did not give a straight answer about his presidential aspirations when interviewed on television.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked on the program “This Week” if Christie would complete his current term as New Jersey governor, which would last until 2017, Christie hedged on the question. He replied, “Listen, who knows. I don’t know. I’m going to continue to do my job and finish the job. But (to) everybody who is trying to figure out what life is going to bring you a few years from now, I didn’t expect to be sitting here four years ago, George. So, nobody can make those predictions.”
He swept the election by a 60-38% margin over Democratic challenger, state senator Barbara Buono.
Many Republicans remain upset over his embrace of President Barack Obama during post-Hurricane Sandy preparations, as Mitt Romney had a good shot at unseating Obama to become president. They, like Romney strategists, believed that Christie’s promotion of Obama helped Obama beat Romney in the 2012 election.