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Pick 3: Christie names top potential 2016 GOP candidates

N.J. governor speaks out on bridge scandal

 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie still is weighing whether to run for president, but has some ideas about who -- other than himself -- might make a good candidate in 2016. 

The Republican governor rattled off some high-profile names, when asked in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly to pick his top three choices for 2016 candidates. 

"I don't know if I could restrict myself to three but I'll give you the ones I think are really good," he said. "I think [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush would be an outstanding candidate for president. I think [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker would be a good candidate for president. I think [Wisconsin Rep.] Paul Ryan would be a good candidate for president." 

As for himself, Christie says he's still in the "decision-making process." 

Watch Part 2 of the Christie interview on Fox News' "The Kelly File" at 9 p.m. ET on Monday. 

Christie, who spoke with Fox News on Friday, discussed 2016 politics on the heels of a report that cleared him in the scandal over the controversial lane closures by the George Washington Bridge last year. The report was conducted by a law firm his office brought in to review the case -- other investigations are still ongoing. 

Christie indicated the scandal would not impact his decision on whether to run. 

"There's no baggage here because I didn't do anything," the Republican governor said.