The N.J. governor says he won’t run for president

Politico Breaking News by Mike Allen

Gov. Chris Christie (shown) says he won't run for president. | AP Photo
The N.J. governor says he won’t run for president. | AP Photo Close

Talking to David Gregory on “Meet the Press,” Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was Shermanesque about not running for president in 2012.

"First things first," he said, citing his mother’s admonition about doing your job and saying he will still be governor in 2013.

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    But he sounded very open to a national race in 2016. "I’m going to need a job, David," Christie quipped.

    When Gregory asked if Christine O’Donnell’s loss in Delaware was a wake-up call for GOP about the dangers of tea party candidates, Christie replied: "I think Delaware was a missed opportunity to have a really good United States senator” in Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), whom Christie endorsed over O’Donnell in the primary.


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