New Jersey Governor Christie Denies Running for President

By:  Bob Adelmann
New Jersey Governor Christie Denies Running for President

Newly reelected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie denies he is running for president in 2016.

Newly reelected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (shown in photo) was busy over the weekend explaining that his focus is back on running New Jersey and not worrying about running for president in 2016. For instance, in an interview on ABC's This Week, Christie said, "I know everybody’s going to be speculating about what may come in my future ... but the fact is, I’m focused on being the governor of New Jersey and ... the chairman of the Republican Governors Association."

This was the message he repeated on three other Sunday programs. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted, “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” His denials just didn't ring true.

In the ABC interview, Christie began to speak of issues that are likely to resonate in 2016, such as ObamaCare:

Anybody who’s run anything in their lives could see this coming a mile away. That’s why we didn't do a state-based health exchange. We didn't do it because we could see that his whole program was going to be a problem.

He touted his election victory where, in a dark blue state, he was able to win as a Republican by 22 points, capturing a majority of female votes, half the Hispanic votes, and about 20 percent of the black votes. These are constituencies the Republican Party has coveted, and has been losing, for years.

He recounted his successes as governor, including “143,000 new private-sector jobs, reform[ing] pension and benefits, slow[ing] the growth of property taxes, cut[ting] business taxes $2.3 billion, [and reforming] teacher tenure.”

Matt Mowers, one of Christie’s key campaign managers, is now the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, which it just so happens will host the first national primary for the 2016 election. Governor Christie has already been invited to the state to discuss policy issues and raise money for the party.

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Photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: AP Images

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