New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie only allowed national media to take part in an off-the-record conversation ahead of his State of the State address, while leaving local media out of the exclusive chat.
According to the NJ.com
, the move is a sign that Christie plans to make a bid for the White House in 2016.
Before giving his fifth State of the State address, Christie invited reporters, all from national news outlets like The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, ABC and NBC, to meet with him.
New Jersey-based news organizations, many of which have offices in the Trenton Statehouse, such as New Jersey Advanced Media, the organization behind NJ.com and The Star-Ledger, were not told about the meeting — nor were they told why they were excluded from the meeting.
However, Christie said after his Tuesday address that the decision was not because he's trying to reach a national audience.
"You guys get plenty of time with me," the New Jersey Republican said. "Don't worry about it."
According to NJ.com, the amount of time local media has had with Christie has been greatly reduced in recent months. Christie hasn't had a Statehouse press conference since September, and the last time he had any sort of question-and-answer session since that news conference was on Sept. 24 in Camden and Oct. 9 in Trenton, when questions were limited, it reported.
However, Christie has continued his regular monthly appearances on a local radio station and New Jersey's public television station.
Christie's State of the State address, in which he called for both "New Jersey renewal and an American renewal," is also being touted as a sign that he is prepping a national campaign, NJ.com reported
Some are also speculating that the announcement that the Republican National Committee's top fundraiser, Ray Washburne, is leaving the RNC is another sign of Christie's intention to run. The Associated Press has reported that the resignation came in order for Washburne to join Christie's national campaign, NJ.com reported
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