Christie to 'probably' make White House decision in 2015
June 18th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Christie to 'probably' make White House decision in 2015

(CNN) – Answering a question about when he'll make a decision on a 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went farther than usual in acknowledging interest in the race, saying Tuesday he "probably" won't make up his mind until 2015.

The outspoken Republican governor weighed in on the qualities he sees the GOP needs in a leader in Washington–and joked about one of his favorite perks of being governor. Hint: It involves women in swimsuits.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Christie said the Republican Party is struggling on the national level because it's not mirroring the policies and actions taken by politicians at the state level.

"We've got 30 of 50 Republican governors in this country. Why? That's because at the state level, they see the Republican Party as being doers. That we actually get things done for people," he said, arguing that's what people see in New Jersey. His state has a Democrat-controlled state legislature, and a Republican governor.

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Christie has been known for blasting Washington politics, and emphasized Tuesday that nation's capital has a serious lack of bipartisanship.

"Almost everything that I see that comes out of the floor of Congress from both parties shocks me," he said. "What you've seen in Congress is that people are in both end zones, and that nobody's playing in the middle of the field."

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The governor said Washington needs "someone who takes some leadership down there" and criticized the president for not reaching out to members of Congress on a social level until this year. In what some have called a "charm offensive," President Obama had dinner with lawmakers from both sides multiple times this year in order to discuss policy.

But Christie said the president should have started this years ago.

"The fact that all the sudden now we're in...June of 2013 and we're just talking about a charm offensive, and trying to get to know Congress–your fifth year of the presidency? It's a little bit late in the dating game to get to know somebody," he said.

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Regardless of his disagreements with Obama, Christie has publicly commended the president on his support for the Northeast following Superstorm Sandy. The two have appeared together twice when the president came to visit New Jersey, leading some to joke that the Republican governor and Democratic president have formed a "bromance."

Asked if he's concerned about his political future when he makes appearances with top Democrats like Obama and former President Bill Clinton, the Republican said every politician thinks about his or her future but "if that's what rules your decisions, you're not going to last in this business."

"People are going to see you for the phony you are," he said. "I'm not worried about it, I recognize that there will be some people who are going to use the fact that I've done my job against me."

Talking about the recovery of the Jersey Shore since the storm, Christie also told a story about his experience on the sand the day prior.

"I had more young women coming up from the beach to come up and take pictures with me and stand around and take photos. And this one guy, older guy, was looking at me, taking pictures. And I looked at him and said, 'Isn't being governor the hardest job in the world?' And the guy just burst out laughing," Christie said. "You know, you got to have fun in this job. And that's what I do, too. I have a good time. People in New Jersey are having a good time now, too."


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Mike Hammer

    It would be great, to see a person with common sense on the ticket, regardless of party affiliation. Being a democrat, I'm at a crossroads as to whether I'd vote for him. That depends on the democratic candidate.

    June 18, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. plain&simple

    No doubt about it....he's running!!! It's good business to distance himself from the wingnutts! More people in the middle than the fringe! The governor has the common man touch and at the same time thefeel of the big boss man. Democrats have no one to match that.

    June 18, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    He'd better start towing the line if he wants to get the nomination. 1. bash Obama no matter what 2. espouse tired old GOP talking points about economic issues 3. bash Obama no matter what 4. insist on forced Christianity in all phases of life 5. become a rabid pro-lifer 6. bash Obama no matter what 7. etc, etc

    June 18, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Guygyl

    Join Democratic party–quite normal now-a-days. Nothing wrong.

    June 18, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Steveo

    I like Christie but it is too early to crown him THE nominee, just like it is too early to crown Hilliary or anyone else! How about we just wait to see who declares their candidacy, shall we?

    June 18, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Evergreen

    Christie is saying it's the President's fault that Congress has gotten nothing done? Republicans did not pass the President's jobs bill or take other steps to improve the economy because the President did not take them out to dinner?!

    June 18, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie has to overcome the RINO label accredited to him by Tea Partiers and conservative purists in his party. If he moves to the extreme right like Romney, he risks losing moderate and independent voters. The Republican national brand is dysfunctional and goiing nowhere fast.

    June 18, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Arun

    This guy is fool of hot air, and i'm not talking about his weight!! What exactly has de done for NJ, cut taxes for corporations while getting rid of benefits and reducing staff of public employees. He said it was need to reduce the state budget. I guess the state budget didn't come into affect when it was time to name a date for the special senate election. This fool couldn't wait 2 weeks because he was afraid of Booker being on the ballot. I guess spending $12 million doesn't matter when it comes to his agenda!!

    June 18, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This guy should be hailed by the conservatives. He has cut funding that has helped the poor and women's health. He is doing what he can to keep the opposition from being effective; strange time for replacement election for Lautenberg's seat when it could be on the general election 2 weeks later. Christie has attempted to stop any infrastructure improvement or help to mass transit as well. He has an ego larger than the state. What don't conservatives like about this guy.

    June 18, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. ST

    I ask myself what is Christie doing or saying? Christie, we all go where we were baptised. That is the place where we are well recognised and make us feel comfortable. In your mind Christie, you still call yourself republicans while those you want to be close with, they call you a RINO? and you still say I belong there??? My friend, we all belong to where we are appreciated to, if they do not do so, we try to find a place where we feel comfortable of and appreciated. Why not you?

    June 18, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Thomas

    Bush / Christie

    sounds like a law firm 2016

    June 18, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Data Driven

    I think there's plenty of doubt that he's running. If you're a Republican, you don't blow off the Faith and Freedom thing while attending a Clinton party.

    If the Red Team is willing to accept him by 2015, then maybe he will run. But does anyone really see conservatives embracing this guy, the guy who hugged Obama, who attends Clinton parties?

    Good luck, conservatives - you have no one else.

    June 18, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    This guy is just as bad as the rest and I will NOT vote for him. I remember every rotten thing you've said about President Obama while you were kissing Willards ring hoping to be his #2.

    June 18, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. The Elephant in the Room

    If you are a Dem and you are running around saying, "Christie isn`t bad or I could vote for him", don`t be a fool. He hasn`t done anything to display his biases or whether he would be a "middle of the road" guy in Washington. In NJ, he has been a bombastic bully favoring the wealthier citizens and the corporations and that is in the face of a DEMOCRATIC state legislature. If you gave him the Oval Office AND a gerry-mandered, Tea-Party infused GOP House, I can promise you this, "Tax Cuts for Job Creators" will return and crater the economy. Intrusive vaginal probes and abortion restrictions that get between a woman & her doctor would be the 1st order of business.

    Christie thinks that Obama`s problem is that he didn`t schmooze his opposition. I call BS. Obama came into office with cocktail hour & SuperBowl & FinalFour party invites. The undermining GOP decided on Jan 20th, 2009 to thwart this President at every turn and no amount of revisionist history will change that. Mr. Obama did NOTHING to justify this "opposition" behavior. The only thing a President Christie would do differently is to be a white, male, bull-in-a-china-shop Republican. He seems to think that is enough to make a difference in how Congress would treat the CIC. That says a lot.

    June 18, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    I think there's plenty of doubt that he's running. If you're a Republican, you don't blow off the Faith and Freedom thing while attending a Clinton party.
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    Was the Clinton thingy on his schedule first? Perhaps we are not used to politicians who attempt to keep their word. srt?

    June 18, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |