New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose Bridgegate scandal seemed to derail his presidential aspirations, hasn't shut the door on a possible White House run.
Pressing the flesh during a visit Friday to Seaside Heights – one of the Jersey Shore communities hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 – Christie got plenty of encouragement from local voters about a possible bid, The Washington Post reports.
"I'm thinking about it," the governor told each well-wisher, The Post reported.
The lone heckler dismissed the governor's 2016 chances, yelling he's "not a nice person," The Post reported.
The governor had a dizzying plummet in popularity over a plan to close local access lanes to the busy George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., last September, which triggered massive traffic jams for days.
In the midst of two investigations of the closures, and despite firing two aides, a public apology and a firm denial of any involvement, Christie's favorability numbers took a beating, dropping to 46 percent in January from 65 percent two months earlier, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll showed.
Yet his presidential polling seems to be edging back up; a CNN poll
last month showed him the favorite among Republican presidential primary voters.
In his boardwalk visit, Christie was back in brash form with an acerbic comment about President Barack Obama's lack of a "strategy" to deal with ISIS.
"That's not a revelation, is it?" Christie said. "It's scary to hear the president say that. But I don't think that we needed the president to announce that. I think we see what's happening there and that he doesn't have a strategy. That's really unfortunate for a president in his sixth year."
Yet he refused to elaborate on his own view on the unrest in the Middle East and how to deal with it.
"The ISIS situation is one that deserves a really detailed answer, which I'm not going to give you while walking down the boardwalk and taking selfies," he said.
He also dismissed talk of a government shutdown
to keep the president from enacting his executive authority to ease deportations of illegal immigrants.
"Republicans are going to have to come up with a strategy, but I think we've already seen that the shutting down the government strategy doesn't work," he said. "We don't control the White House, we don't control the Senate."
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