New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) named a trio of Republicans who are strong contenders for the GOP presidential nomination if he does not run in 2016.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRNC chairman: Ryan one of 'brightest stars' in Republican Party Gingrich: 'Of course' we can afford to have president with split personality Could a President Clinton heal a divided nation? MORE (Wis.) would all make “really good” candidates for president, he said in an interview that aired Monday night.
Christie also predicted Sen. Marco RubioMarco Rubio56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race New York Times endorses Rubio's rival Rubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump MORE (R-Fla.) "would be a good candidate for president."
When asked about Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? MORE (R-Ky.), who has had dustups with Christie in the past, the New Jersey governor said he would be a "credible candidate for president."
Christie said he would campaign for any Republican who ultimately wins the GOP nomination.
Differences he has with some potential GOP candidates “would be minor compared to the differences I would have with whoever the Democratic nominee is," he said.
Christie's polling numbers have dropped in recent months as a scandal involving the closure of toll lanes on the George Washington Bridge has surrounded his administration. An internal probe conducted by lawyers hired by his administration found last week that Christie and other current members of his staff were not involved in the event.
During the interview conducted last week, he dismissed the idea that he had too much baggage to run for president.
When told he seems more poised to run for president than he did in the prior election, he said, "I think I'm older and more experienced and it is certainly something that I said to everybody that I consider."