The man is clearly setting up a 2016 run.
First, he championed Romney like the good team player to ingratiate himself to the GOP establishment. Then he torpedoed him at the last second in a move that could reasonably be explained away as selfless patriotism.
Now, this interview:
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized President Obama's leadership prowess and governing abilities, but warned detractors that if they underestimate the president's political savvy it would be at their "own peril."
"Those who underestimate the Barack Obama underestimate him at their own peril. He is as good a politician as I've ever seen," said Christie on OWN's "Oprah's Next Chapter."
Christie laid the responsibility of ending deadlock in Congress squarely at the feet of the president. He blamed Obama for what he called Congress's "war with itself" in the one-hour show with Oprah Winfrey, which airs Sunday, Jan. 15 on OWN.
"I think the only person who can call a truce on Congress's war with itself is the president," he said.
The New Jersey governor touted his own political leadership and willingness to work with Democrats in his state.
"There is a boulevard between getting everything you want and compromising your principles. I won't compromise my principles, but I acknowledge I won't get everything I want and I think that's what's not happening in Washington right now, and I think the only person who can make that happen right now is the president," Christie said.
He didn't think he could beat Obama so he sat out this year. He'll finish his term as governor of NJ and perhaps not run again if he sees he'll have trouble winning in 2013. Then, with 2 Dem terms up in 2016 (and with Obama's mediocre skills on economic policy, probably another middling economy) he rides in as the savior, the change, the breath of fresh air, etc.
2 things are against him:
1) His weight. He absolutely has to lose weight to become President. But this is very doable, especially if he takes some time off to focus on his health if he doesn't run in 2013.
2) The GOP just tried a blue state governor and might want to try a southerner next time. But if no great candidate emerges, he can still win.