New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had been suferring since the “bridge gate” scandal erupted months ago but it appears some of this baggage is starting to fall away, at least in the eyes of some GOP primary voters.
Report from Fox News:
With about 20 months to go before the Iowa precinct caucuses, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul lead the pack for the Republican presidential nomination. Meanwhile, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a huge lead among Democrats, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
Three possible GOP candidates capture double-digit support among self-identified Republicans: Christie receives 15 percent, which puts him just ahead of Bush and Paul both at 14 percent.
Next, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan receives nine percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at eight percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at seven percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each at five percent. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal comes in at two percent.
Here is the breakdown for easier consumption:
15% – Chris Christie
14% – Rand Paul, Jeb Bush (tied)
9% – Paul Ryan
8% – Marco Rubio
7% – Ted Cruz
5% – Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum (tied)
2% – Bobby Jindal
The fact that Christie has regained the top spot after losing out to Rand Paul in recent months maybe says more about the rest of the Republican field than it does Christie. Obviously there is still quite a bit of indecisiveness among most GOP primary voters. The good news is that they’ve got twenty more months to make a decision and a lot changes between now and then.