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Christie Won't Resign as Gov. in Run for Presidency

Christie Won't Resign as Gov. in Run for Presidency
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By    |   Friday, 07 November 2014 12:37 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to keep one foot firmly in Trenton if and when he makes a run for Washington, D.C.

If he decides to seek the Republican nomination for the White House in 2016, which pundits view as highly likely given Christie's stellar performance as a fundraiser and stumper for Republican candidates in the midterms, he plans to remain as governor while running his presidential campaign.

New Jersey State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, R-Monmouth, told NJ.com, "He told me directly that he had no intention of giving up his job. I got the distinct impression that he has no intention of leaving the governorship unless he’s resigning for another job or it’s the end of his term."

Christie's current, and second, term as New Jersey's leader will not expire until 2017 and, while he has not formally announced, he has made no secret of his presidential aspirations.

"A lot of people are salivating over it, but he has no intention of doing it (resigning)," O'Scanlon told The Star Ledger.

Nor does Christie have his eye on any post lower than that of president.

He told the Reuters, "I'm never running for office in New Jersey again. The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate. I would be bored to death."

Christie, supporters believe, could handle both tasks, running New Jersey and running for president.

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie raised a record-breaking $106 million and boosted the GOP to victory in 31 gubernatorial races. It was a performance which, Phil Cox, RGA executive director, told NJ.com, showed Christie to be "an absolutely tireless and determined" chairman who brought "an incredible amount of energy to the job."

He spent over a third of his second term out of New Jersey, traveling to stump for Republican candidates around the country, NJ.com reports.

RealClearPolitics' average shows Christie running fourth for the Republican 2016 nomination, behind Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. But the poll is very close, with Paul only 0.2 percentage points ahead of Bush and 1.2 points ahead of Christie.

"He has dramatically demonstrated his political bona fides through his stint at the Republican Governors Association," O'Scanlon told the Star Ledger. "No one can argue he's not one of the most important people on the political scene right now."

The day after the elections, Christie lunched with billionaires Steve Wynn, the casino mogul, and real estate tycoon Richard LeFrak at Manhattan's Four Seasons Grill Room, leading to speculation that he was seeking backing for a 2016 run.

However, LeFrak told Financial Advisor Magazine, "A lot of us would think he would be a good candidate, but that was not the subject of the conversation."

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