While Gov. Christie unofficially campaigns for a 2016 presidency, the spotlight has yet to fall on another Republican politician in New Jersey. So who will the party champion to run for governor?

(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

It's no surprise that Democrats have plenty of names to tout in a traditionally blue state, and State Senate President Steve Sweeney already seems poised to run for higher office. But no one leaps out to me when I think of Garden State Republicans, and I know I'm not alone.

That isn't to say there aren't some people worthy of consideration. As one caller said this morning, Sen. Jennifer Beck represents her district very well. Other options might be Sen. Thomas Kean Jr., and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick as they already have political experience and name recognition.

Even if you aren't a Republican, it's interesting to consider how little attention has been given to anyone in their party except Christie.

Who do you think will try to fill the Gov.'s shoes by running in the next gubernatorial election? Share your thoughts in the poll and comments section below!

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