Christie Visits DC, But Won't Discuss His Future

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 08:07 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blew into Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with Republican senators, but insisted it had nothing to do with the government shutdown, looming debt ceiling crisis — or a possible presidential bid.

The GOP governor paid a courtesy call on Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa, R-N.J., whom he appointed to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and met with party leadership, The Hill reported.

Christie, Chiesa and the Senate leadership met in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office for over an hour, NBC News reported.

"I'm just down here today to have a visit with the senator, and he's introduced me to some of the new friends he's made over the last 4.5 months, and that's all today is about," Christie said leaving the Capitol building, NBC reported.

But the garrulous governor — seen as a possible Republican presidential contender in 2016 — did take a swipe at elected officials who’ve yet to come to an agreement to end the shutdown.

"I don't think it's ever good to keep the government closed when your job is to run the government," Christie said.

Christie deflected questions about a possible presidential campaign — including his flip remark Monday night that he could “walk and chew gum at the same time.”

"Sure, sure, but only if I want to," Christie said, NBC reported.

"I'm running for governor of New Jersey, so hopefully I have enough room to get re-elected. But it's good to see all of you, thank you for coming. All of this attention is really just so flattering, I appreciate it."

Christie and Chiesa are longtime friends who had been planning to meet in Washington, a representative for Chiesa said, adding that Wednesday worked out for both men, The Hill reported.

The New Jersey electorate votes on Oct. 16 to select a permanent replacement for the remainder of Lautenberg's term. Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker is in a tightening race against Republican Steve Lonegan.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NH Debate: Brown Slams Shaheen Over Devotion to Obama

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 06:20 AM

Picking up where they left off, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Scott Brown on Thursday used thei . . .

Grimes Doubles Down on McConnell Coal Claim, Earns 4 More WaPo Pinocchios

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:24 PM

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler is doubling down on his criticism of Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Ali . . .

Pew Poll: More Voters See Midterm Ballot as Vote Against Obama

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:06 PM

President Barack Obama looms large in next month's elections, with almost a third of Americans considering their vote fo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved