Chris Christie

The Personality Profile

of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie

Joseph V. Trenzeluk and Aubrey Immelman

August 16, 2015

A psychological analysis of New Jersey governor Chris Christie — a contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election — by Joe Trenzeluk and Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, revealed that Christie’s primary personality pattern is Dominant/controlling, with secondary Ambitious/confident and Dauntless/adventurous features, along with Outgoing/congenial and Contentious/resolute tendencies. In summary, Christie’s personality composite can be characterized as a dominant, self-confident, risk-taking extravert.

Chris Christie poster 2015-08
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Summary of the major findings of the study:

Christie Possesses Charisma and Dominance (Joe Trenzeluk, St. Cloud Times, Aug. 16, 2015) — Donald Trump didn’t get all of the attention in last week’s Fox News debate. One of the more talked-about moments of the debate occurred when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got into a squabble over government surveillance and national security. … Full report

Presidential Electability Index (political impact) score

Chris Christie scores moderately high on the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria-based Presidential Electability Index, which has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996.

Following are the PEI calculations for Chris Christie:

Chris Christie: PEI = 27

Scale: 1A 1B 2 3 4 5A 5B 6 7 8
Score: 14 6 9 4 0 0 4 2 0 0

Scale: 1A = 14; 2 = 9; 3 = 4; 6 = 2; 8 = 0

[Extraversion (scale 3) = 4] + [Narcissism (scale 2) = 9] + [Dominance (scale 1A) = 14] – [Introversion (scale 8) = 0] – [Conscientiousness (scale 6) = (2 – 2) = 0] = 27 – 0 = 27

Chris Christie’s takedown of Marco Rubio in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican debate

Note: Marco Rubio’s construction “dispel with” (see excerpts from transcript below) is poor English usage; he should have said “dispense with” — or simply “dispel.”

“And let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of the world.”

“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is trying to change this country. He wants America to become more like the rest of the world.”

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