Christie Won't Commit to Serving Full Term as NJ Governor

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 04:02 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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According to recent polls, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be headed toward re-election next week by one of the largest margins in state history for a Republican, but he said Tuesday that he can't guarantee he will serve the duration of a second term.

"I'm committed to being the best governor New Jersey can have for as long as I can possibly do it," Christie told ABC's "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos. "But, you know, George, neither one of us have a crystal ball and know what's going to happen in the future.

"I've been really honest with the people of New Jersey and told them exactly that, he added. "I'll do this job as long and as aggressively as I possibly can, and my current intention is to spend four years. But we'll see what happens, George. You never know what life's gonna bring you."

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Christie made the statement during an interview on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It was viewed as yet another indication that the popular governor will likely seek his party’s nomination for the White House in 2016.

Buoyed by his response to Sandy, Christie, 51, enjoys huge approval ratings in a historically Democratic state. Earlier this month, New Jersey voters elected Newark mayor, Democrat Cory Booker, as the first black U.S. senator from the state. President
Barack Obama easily carried the state in both 2008 and 2012.

But recent polls suggest that Christie could walk away on election day with as much as 31 percent or more of the Democratic vote.

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