The controversy that has surrounded New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t dashed his 2016 presidential aspirations – at least not according to New Hampshire Republicans.
Christie is first in a poll of potential GOP White House candidates at 19 percent. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul placed second in the WMUR Granite State Poll with 14 percent.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is third at 11 percent. Those numbers are based on the assumption that Mitt Romney will not run again.
Paul, for his part, has said he won’t make a decision on whether or not to run for president until after this year’s mid-term election.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton still leads among New Hampshire Democrats, at 59 percent. But that number has edged down slightly from April.