Continued from page 1

Expected to win a second term as governor this fall, Mr. Christie said he enters the final 80 days of his re-election effort having gained endorsements from the state’s largest Hispanic group, black ministers and labor unions, and has strong support among Democrats and independents.

Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Texas GOP, said many in the audience came away convinced that Mr. Christie is planning a bid for the 2016 Republican nomination.

“I interpreted what Gov. Christie was saying as he was going to be a candidate in 2016, even though he didn’t say that,” Mr. Munisteri said.