Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential bid comes as he enters the final years of his second term as governor, and is accompanied by speculation about who will run in the state’s next gubernatorial contest in 2017.
The state’s first-ever lieutenant governor is taking on a greater role with Christie frequently out of the state. Lawmakers are increasingly dropping references to the 2017 election into their rhetoric. And a former ambassador says he’s thinking about a gubernatorial run.
Some legislators are even contemplating measures to force Christie out of office because of his bid for the White House. Seton Hall associate professor Matthew Hale says that shows that New Jersey politicians are “chomping at the bit” to move beyond the governor.