WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she thinks it's good that Gov. Chris Christie won another term in mostly Democratic New Jersey.

But the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate stops short of embracing Christie as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, saying "I would never put my faith and hope in any one politician."

Palin tells NBC's "Today" show she believes "there is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today."

Palin defended Sen. Ted Cruz, saying his tough stance against President Barack Obama's health care plan was in keeping with promises he made as a candidate. But when pressed to say what the tea party would replace Obama's program with, Palin said only that an alternative plan should involve such things as a more free-market approach and tort reform.

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  • WINNER: Chris Christie Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie steps from the booth after voting in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • LOSER: Barbara Buono Barbara Buono, Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor, concedes in front of supporters during an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Metuchen, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • WINNER: Bill de Blasio FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2013, file photo, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, talks to the media after voting in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

  • LOSER: Joe Lhota Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota speaks during a news briefing after voting in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • WINNER: Terry McAuliffe Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, right, turns toward his son Peter after completing his vote on election day in McLean, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • LOSER: Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, votes at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

  • WINNER: Ralph Northam Virginia lt. governor candidate Ralph Northam, greets a supporter after arriving at the East Ocean View Recreation Center where he cast his vote, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Rich-Joseph Facun) MAGS OUT

  • LOSER: E. W. Jackson Republican candidate for Virginia Lt. Gov. E. W. Jackson gestures during a rally at Republican headquarters in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • WINNER: Martin Walsh Boston Mayoral hopeful Martin Walsh gestures to supporters at his primary election night party in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • LOSER: John Connolly Boston Mayoral hopeful John Connolly speaks to supporters at his primary election night party in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)