A conservative activist and former presidential candidate says he wouldn't be surprised if New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be a serious candidate to challenge Barack Obama in 2012.
Since taking office, the Republican governor has demonstrated he is not afraid to go against the grain. He has unabashedly taken on the teachers unions and other Democratic groups in the heavily "blue" state -- and he has made a name for himself with his budget-cutting measures, including pulling the plug on a major, long-term tunnel project.
Furthermore, during a September campaign appearance with California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, he dressed down a heckler who was yelling at Whitman. And at a recent rally in Iowa for another GOP gubernatorial candidate, Terry Branstad, Christie said he is not planning a presidential run in 2012 -- but his speech did nothing to dampen speculation.