New Jersey Governor shoots down idea of presidential run

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January 17, 2011

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie appearing on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

TRENTON, New Jersey: Outspoken Republican Governor Chris Christie, in an interview with FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, brushed off rumors that a year into his governorship he is planning a presidential run while at the same time possibly taking a swipe at the current commander-in-chief, Democrat Barack Obama.

Earlier this month, left-leaning pollster John Zogby published the results of a survey conducted between December 30th, 2010 and January 3rd, 2011 concerning a hypothetical field of 2012 Republican presidential candidates and how they matched up against the former Illinois Senator. Christie, a super star among Republican party members, though he has been in office barely a year, beat out such other potential contenders as former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, and former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee. He was also the only one on the potential list of candidates that polled higher than Barack Obama.[1]

Despite this, however, Christie reiterated that he has no plans whatsoever to run for President of the United States in 2012. He argued that he has a commitment to his state and that there are still plenty of problems in the Garden State that have been not yet been solved during his tenure. Furthermore, he added, "I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor ... that I am ready to be president of the United States," a potential swipe at Barack Obama, who, some criticized, had only been a United States Senator a total of 143 days before launching his presidential bid.[2]

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