Christie GOP Frontrunner For 2016? By Frank Lenzi Published: Nov 8, 2013 at 7:06 AM PST Last Updated: Nov 8, 2013 at 7:06 AM PST Share this story print email Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory in Asbury Park, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, after defeating Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Should we call New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the GOP presidential frontrunner for 2016? ABC News Political Director Rick Klein says it is not too early to be asking that question.