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Can Christie Stay Level-Headed if He Runs for President? [AUDIO]

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If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decides to run for President in 2016, which many expect will happen, he’s got to be careful how he handles himself in the next few years.

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“Voters like regular guys,” said FDU political science professor Peter Woolley. “Whatever you think a regular guy is, voters like that. They want a regular guy who they recognize is smarter than them, but still regular.

Because of this, Woolley thinks it’s very important for Chris Christie to keep his feet on the ground, and be that regular guy at the same time he gains a national reputation and presents himself as presidential.

Woolley pointed out that’s a stretch for anybody who just won an election by a landslide, and is being solicited from every corner to run for President.

He stressed, however, that Christie appears to have a good support system at home.

“A spouse’s job and teenaged children’s job,” said Woolley, “is to make sure you keep your feet on the ground and you don’t get too full of yourself.”

“Christie has surrounded himself with people who are smart and look out for him, but in the coming months, of course, a lot more people will be seeking to join that inner circle.”

Woolley believes the key to success, or at least long-term success is making sure in that inner circle there are people that will be frank and truthful with Christie.

“I think it’s a difficult spot to try to satisfy the Electorate at the state level and to look forward to a national debate and a national Electorate. He’ll have to consider issues from the standpoint of how does it play in the state, and secondly, how does it play nationally?”

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