Christie: Not Ready to Consider Presidential Run

Friday, 04 Feb 2011 08:38 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (pictured) has not been asked to run for national office in 2012, nor is he currently considering a pursuit in 2016, but remains focused on continuing to rebuild the economy in his state, he told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Thursday.

christie, presidential, runChristie recently met with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and told Cavuto the presumed candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination did not say whether he was going to run, and didn’t ask Christie to be on the ticket if he does.

"Governor Romney had been asking for a few months to get together and talk about the future, and to meet some folks here in New Jersey,” Christie said. “So I invited him to the governor’s residence a few weeks ago to have dinner with me and some of my supporters in the state and just talk about how he views the next couple of years in America.”

Christie said it was hard to tell whether Romney was the front-runner, as the field remains wide open. Cavuto then noted Christie’s name has been tossed around as a possible 2016 GOP contender, if President Obama is re-elected. The governor was non-committal.

“Well, who knows? I mean, that is, what, five years from now? I mean, who knows what life is going to be like five years from now?” Christie asked. “And I have a job to do over the next three years here in New Jersey to make things happen here and to continue to build on momentum we have.

“I have to decide whether to seek re-election in New Jersey in 2013 to another term. And if I did, would I get reelected?” he continued. “There’s all kinds of variables that will happen between now and then.”

When Christie added that he also did not yet have enough experience for a presidential run, Cavuto contended that the governor already has had more executive experience that Obama had when he was elected.

“I understand. And I also understand that people will say that there is great opportunity here because the field is wide-open for someone like me to run,” Christie said. “But I don’t think those are the reasons you run, because you might have more experience than someone else or because there might be great political opportunity.

“I think the job is much too serious. And I know – believe me – I have political advisers who say to me, oh, just don’t say that. ‘Don’t say you’re not ready.’”

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