Chris Christie leads the field among the top 14 Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
The recently-reelected New Jersey governor leads his chief rival, libertarian Republican and Tea Party darling Rand Paul, with 2012 GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan third on the Monitor’s list.
The other GOP hopefuls on the Monitor’s top 14, in order of appearance, are: Texas Senator and rising Tea Party star Ted Cruz, Florida Senator and “last year’s Ted Cruz” Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, presidential pedigree Jeb Bush, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, former Utah Governor, U.S. Ambassador and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, New York Congressman Peter King, former Arkansas Governor, 2008 presidential candidate, and current Fox talk show host Mike Huckabee, Texas Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Perry, and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.
Let’s save everyone the trouble of going through all of these and let’s just week out the ones you shouldn’t even bother considering: Cruz, Rubio, Jindal, Santorum, King, Perry, and Brown are not going to win – at least four of them probably won’t even run.
That leaves, along with Christie, Paul and Ryan – the following four: Walker, Huntsman, Bush, and Huckabee. All four have a chance of winning, though Walker is too new, Huntsman too brainy, Bush too baggaged, and Huckabee too portly (yes, there’s Christie, but he’s the exception to the rule).
If history is any indicator, the actual nominee is….not even on this list – and we won’t know who he – or she – is for another year or two.