9. Chris Christie
> Net worth: At least $1.5 million
Many thought New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was considering a run for the White House in 2012, but it would be another election cycle before this became a reality. Christie may be facing an uphill battle due to a 2013 scandal when members of his staff closed several lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge, causing severe traffic problems in Fort Lee. It is speculated that this was done as a means of political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who had not supported Christie’s gubernatorial reelection. Christie’s financial disclosure form shows the Governor is worth at least $1.5 million, but the maximum listed value for each item on the form was $500,000. It is likely his wife, who is a Wall Street executive and by many accounts a bigger earner, is worth significantly more than $500,000. When Christie released his net worth in greater detail in 2009 when he was attorney general for New Jersey, his total estate was valued at $3.8 million.
8. Ted Cruz
> Net worth: $1.7 million — $4.5 million
Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant who became an oil businessman, has built his campaign around the promise of the American dream. Cruz is now an Ivy League-educated lawyer, a Tea Party-backed Texas senator, and a GOP presidential candidate. Cruz is a divisive candidate, notable for his role in the 2013 federal government shut down. He is skeptical that global warming poses a threat, is an opponent of equal marriage rights, and is also an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act. Far from being the wealthiest U.S. congressman, he still falls well within the top 50% with an average net worth of just over $3 million.
7. Mike Huckabee
> Net worth: $7 million — $23 million
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, is running for his second presidential campaign, after losing the 2008 republican presidential primary to John McCain. Leading up to that first election, The New York Times reported that Huckabee’s assets were valued at less than $700,000. It appears that Huckabee was able to capitalize on the fame he earned during the previous race. The former governor enjoyed lucrative speaking appearances, published several books, and began hosting his own radio show on ABC. The 2016 presidential hopeful and his wife recently moved into an estimated $3 million home in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida. Huckabee’s net worth has been estimated as high as $23 million.