New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a likely contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, enjoyed a rare break from public recognition Sunday while attending a soccer match in London.
A gang of youths, drawn by reporters, even followed the Christie entourage, chanting, "who are you? who are you," MSNBC reported
It didn't bother Christie, though, who told the press, "I don't think I have to worry about that. I'm not running for anything in the United Kingdom anytime soon," The New York Times reported
Christie left his "lucky" orange sweater at home and instead sported a red and white scarf in support of Arsenal, the British soccer team, which whipped Aston Villa 5-0 in front of 60,000 fans at Emirates Stadium, while Americans were preparing to watch another "football" match, the Super Bowl, which Christie later viewed with some Rutgers University exchange students in a London pub, The Washington Post reported
Christie is on a three-day jaunt to drum up British business for New Jersey and buff up his international credentials in advance of deciding whether to seek the Republican nomination. On his agenda is a visit to Cambridge to lay a wreath at the Cambridge American Cemetery and a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, Philly.com reported
He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Pat, Choose New Jersey CEO Michele Brown, Rutgers president Robert L Barchi, the British deputy consul general Nick Astbury. Richard Bagger, senior vice president of Celgene, was expected to join the group, Philly.com said.
Christie, who has visited London three times before, told the Times: "It's one of our more favorite places to come, so we are very familiar with this city as tourists.
"Game was great. Coming to a place like this, that's a pretty famous place internationally for their enthusiasm, was a lot of fun. So we had a good time."
Christie ducked questions about whether he had "processed" the Republican race in the aftermath of former candidate Mitt Romney's announcement that he would not be running.
"I've processed some soccer, and that was about it — or football, as we should call it," MSNBC reported.
Christy sparked a flap last month when it was learned he had accepted free tickets to Dallas Cowboys games, Christie's favorite team, from owner Jerry Jones, the Post reported. This time around, his aide, Lauren Fritts, told Philly.com: "We are working out payment" for the Arsenal tickets.
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