With a new swing through key primary states underway, Gov. Chris Christie still seems to be counting on two things to ignite his stalled White House bid - a strong showing in New Hampshire and a strong showing in debates.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at an event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Enough though Christie polled badly in places like Iowa, he still would make the cut for a GOP debate.

Many believe a debate is where Christie can show his greatest strength and convince many GOP voters that he is the only candidate strong enough to eventually debate Democrat Hillary Clinton.