Huntsman is no surprise. After all, I have little doubt that if he gets traction, the right wing will simply call him an Obama plant. But, Christie is considered an intellectual of the Tea Party, and is generally quite popular among Tea Party members. Given what he's done in NJ, his Tea Party credentials are quite strong and compared with other Tea Party governors he's relatively popular (42% for, 49% in New Jersey). Christie: Climate change is real - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com Chris Christie made clear he falls in the Jon Huntsman camp as opposed to the Rick Perry camp on the scientific-political issue of the week in the Republican primary: In vetoing a bill (S2946) that would have required New Jersey to stay in a regional program intended to curb greenhouse gases â a program Christie plans to leave by the end of the year â the governor said "climate change is real." He added that "human activity plays a role in these changes" and that climate change is "impacting our state." Christie's words are his strongest to date in regards to climate change, a hot-button issue among the same conservatives nationwide who are clamoring for the governor to enter the 2012 presidential race.