New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has seen a dramatic bump in his approval rating in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the super-storm that pummeled his home state late last month.Some are speculating that this will give Christie a boost if he decides to run for president in 2016. While a lot can happen in four years, this is a scenario that is highly unlikely -- unless Christie moves back to the right after he wins reelection as NJ Governor. But even that's not a given, with Newark Mayor Corey Booker waiting to throw his hat into the ring.
The Republican governor, who served as the keynote speaker at this year's Republican National Convention and is widely considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is now seen favorably by 67 percent of New Jersey voters. That's a rise of 19 percentage points from October in the poll from Rutgers University released Wednesday.
Christie will face reelection next year, and is likely to face popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) in the contest. But if the governor is able to solidify some of the gains earned by his handling of the storm's aftermath, he could significantly improve his chances of winning a second term.
Chris Christie might never hold another elective office -- unless he switches parties. Then he might have a future. But moderate Republicans cannot hope to win the nomination for president any time soon, so Christie had better stay focused on Trenton for the time being.