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Summary: A psychological analysis (conducted summer 2014 to summer 2015) 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 — a personality composite best characterized as a “dominant, self-confident, risk-taking extravert.”

Summary: The large number of declared and prospective Republican presidential candidates in the 2016 election cycle poses a challenge for the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, which aims to release psychological profiles of all debate participants prior to the first GOP debate, presented by Fox News in collaboration with Facebook Aug. 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.