How do phenomena like Sarah Palin and Chris Christie happen? We will probably never be able to completely figure that out. But we know that those who have it can write their ticket, that is as long as the pull force remains.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could have written his ticket to be the GOP presidential candidate. He told Oprah on OWN, reports POLITICO, that he didn't go for it because he doesn't see himself as "ready." That readiness might happen in time for the 2016 campaign.
Christie might be playing it very smart. In 2016 he won't be running against an incumbent. With a few exceptions such as Jimmy Carter and George Bush I, incumbents get to serve a second term. After all, the infrastructure is in-place. Essentially a second term is theirs to lose.
Meanwhile Christie is honing his ability at being a power broker. He is broadening and deepening his network. He is also developing an image for himself of self-awareness, that is, he identifies himself as "not ready." In some circles, he appears wise.