Chris Christie lays the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run

He won two elections last November. One was for a second term as governor, in which he received 60 percent of the vote, including 57 percent of women, 51 percent of Hispanics and 21 percent of African Americans. The other election — which was, in its way, harder fought; his rivals included other potential presidential aspirants — was to become chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

In this capacity, Christie has been crisscrossing the country, campaigning for and distributing contributions to Republican gubernatorial candidates. And campaigning for other Republicans. He carried over into this year $50 million the RGA had in its coffers; he has presided over the raising of at least another $50 million; by Nov. 4 he will have perhaps raised upward of another $10 million. By then he will have been in more than 30 states in 11 months.

Coyness is not in Christie’s repertoire, so regarding his 2016 intentions he says he will decide in 2015 and meanwhile will not disguise the obvious — that he is doing spadework that prepares the ground for a possible presidential run.