Christie Dismisses Claims He Couldn't Win GOP Primary

Image: Christie Dismisses Claims He Couldn't Win GOP Primary Host Jimmy Fallon jokes with New Jersey Gov. Chris Chistie June 12 during a taping of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in New York.

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 12:21 PM

By Melanie Batley

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday dismissed criticism that he's not conservative enough to win a Republican presidential primary, but said he doesn't plan to make any decision about running for the White House until at least 2015.

"Let me keep doing my job and when those decisions need to be made, I'll make them," the Republican said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Christie, however, glossed over claims that he might not be conservative enough to run in the GOP primaries.

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"The Republican Party, and we saw this in 2000, after you lose two elections in a row nationally, you want to win. What our party should be focused on is making sure we nominate the best possible candidate we can in 2016 to get elected," he said.

Christie also took aim at President Barack Obama's recent "charm offensive" with Congress, arguing the president has waited too long to develop a relationship with lawmakers.

"The charm offensive should have started in January 2009. We're in June of 2013 and we're just talking about a charm offensive and trying to get to know Congress?" Christie said. "You're in the fifth year of the presidency. It's a little bit late in the dating game to start to get to know somebody."

Christie, who currently has a 70 percent approval rating, according to the most recent Rutgers poll,  is considered a leading contender for the 2016 presidential race.

Recent polls show that while other GOP candidates are more highly favored among Republicans, Christie would be a strong general election candidate with the significant support he has across the political spectrum.

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