He finished with 26 percent of the vote, ahead of Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, who finished with 21 percent of the vote.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, consider a top-flight candidate since the 2012 presidential elections, finished last with 2.8 percent of the vote.
His would-be candidacy has since been plagues by the political scandal known as BridgeGate, an up-and-down state economy and his reputation of being a hot head.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz finished in third place with 11.5 percent of the vote, followed by retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in fourth with 11 percent of the vote.