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Christie Continues to Stoke 2016 Rumors

By    |   Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:26 PM

Referring to himself as "a mercenary," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he "will think about" running for president in 2016.

Christie spoke to reporters at a campaign stop in Bethesda, Md. while pitching for the state's Republican candidate for governor, Larry Hogan.

"I'm a mercenary in this job," Christie said, according to the Daily Caller. "I go to places where we can win."

When asked if he would run for the White House, Christie said he still has time to make up his mind.

"The fact is, I'm not going to think about that until the beginning part of next year," he said. "I'm going to be in 18 states in the month of October. From here, I'm going to Illinois and Michigan today. So I got a lot of work to do in the next 14 days to help elect as many Republicans into governor seats as I can, so I won't waste any time thinking about that until later.

"No question I will think about it. But I haven't made any decision."

As chairman of the Republican Governor's Association (RGA), Christie has been campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidates before the Nov. 4 midterm elections. His October schedule has him visiting 18 states.

NBC News, meanwhile, reported Christie as saying the next president will be a governor.

"I am convinced that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor, and it needs to be," he said Tuesday at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington, D.C.

"We have had the experiment of a legislator who's never run anything getting on-the-job training in the White House. It has not been pretty."

Christie is performing his duties as the chief of the RGA by visiting states and making campaign appearances for other candidates. It's also a way for him to dip his toes into the presidential campaign waters and gauge the response.

During an interview with National Journal after his brief Chamber of Commerce speech, he was unapologetic for being straightforward and no-nonsense.

"Listen, I just say what I believe, and whoever is offended is offended," Christie said. "Everybody's entitled to their opinion."

Last week, Christie told the crowd at the NAACP convention he would not run for office in New Jersey again — including the U.S. Senate.

"Believe me, by the way, when I say I'm never running for public office in New Jersey again, I mean I'm never running for public office in New Jersey again," Christie said.

"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. Could you imagine me banging around that chamber with 99 other people, asking for a motion on the amendment on the subcommittee? Forget it."

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