The one sure thing about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political future is it continues to surprise voters, including many eager to learn whether he will run for president in 2016 and where he will position himself on the Republican bandwidth.

The first-term governor has engaged the country in a game of political intrigue and surprise since winning office in 2009. It essentially started with speculation about whether he would run for president in 2012 and continued into this month when he criticized House Republicans over Hurricane Sandy relief money and the National Rifle Association for an ad that dragged President Obama’s children into the renewed gun-control debate.

Some political observers suggest the tough-talking Christie is trying to claim the party’s centrist mantle for a 2016 presidential run.

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