TIME Politics 2016 Election Chris Christie Battered By His GOP Rivals on Governors’ Circuit Zeke J Miller @ZekeJMiller July 24, 2014 SHARE Bebeto Matthews—AP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listen as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference at the Republican Governors Association's quarterly meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014 in New York. On paper, New Jersey's Chris Christie leads the nation's Republican governors. In practice, he is becoming a favored target of his peers.