But, personality-wise, he might just be the perfect fit for America 2016. Gruff and no-nonsense on the outside, but soft and ever-so-human on the inside.
Listen to him tell a quick story about family (his mother-in-law, in this case). To the average American of every political & racial stripe, Christie will come off as just the big guy from down the street who can tell funny - and self-depreciating - stories that they can relate to:
It'll be hard for the media to paint this guy as a "wacko bird", or as an evil right-wing nut. What will that leave the Democrats/media to work with? Fat jokes, maybe?
Yeah, because that worked so well last time...
(Hat tip: More Monmouth Musings)