If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie runs in 2016, he has a tightrope to walk, as Justin Sink of the Hill suggests. You see, Christie is still under attack for his "embrace" of Obama from a skeptical Republican base, a base he needs to maintain if he runs for president.
The Governor also needs to maintain the strong centrist following he's gained in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. His cooperation with Obama after Sandy has paid off in ratings among New Jerseyites, which have jumped 19 points, the Hill reports.
But many on the right interpret such bipartisan moves as the NJ governor pursuing his political interests at the expense of the rest of the GOP. Such a perception could come back to bite him in the primaries.
But none of that may matter if Christie doesn't win reelection as governor in 2013. New Jersey is a traditionally blue state, and Christie will likely face a daunting Democratic challenge from popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
But the GOP could come around to Christie's perspective after the 2012 election, especially if a centrist candidate could help capture the White House in 2016.
Via the Hill