New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has seen his presidential stock fall to the point where questions are being raised on whether he’ll really enter the race.
It’s a stunning turnaround for the governor, who not that long ago was seen as the Republican to beat.
Other candidates have since stolen his thunder, and it’s increasingly appearing he might have missed his best shot at the White House in 2012.
A Monmouth University poll released earlier this week showed Christie in a three-way tie for eighth place among GOP candidates. He trailed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 26 points and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by 32 points.
Those figures, coupled with lingering doubts on the right that Christie is conservative enough to be the GOP nominee suggest it’s at least possible the New Jersey governor could decide to avoid a primary defeat where he might suffer a humiliating defeat.
Christie is still gearing up to launch a campaign later this summer, and will visit New Hampshire next week for his “Tell it like it is” tour.
GOP strategists say it will be a critical few days for him.
“He's got to stop the bloodletting in the polls,” said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell. “He's not dead in the water, but he's certainly on life support and his condition is getting worse by the day.”