“There’s no rush in making this kind of decision,” he told CNN this morning. “There’s three questions I’ll ask myself: Is it right for me? Is it right for my family? Is it right for my country?”

Christie’s fundraising tour took him to 37 states in 11 months. On Nov. 3, the day before the election, his schedule included stops in Rhode Island, Michigan, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine. Michigan and Maine went to the Republican incumbents, Rick Snyder and Paul LePage.

“In the states where the candidates he stumped for won, he now has a huge political debt to collect,” Brigid Harrison, who teaches political science at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, said by telephone. “He can walk in there and say he helped win that election.”