Recently reelected New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) worked to downplay his predicted presidential run Sunday morning, repeatedly saying that his focus was on governing his home state.
When asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace how interested he was in running for president in 2016, Christie declined to give a direct answer.
“What I’m interested in doing is being the governor of New Jersey,” Christie said, arguing that his office and post as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association will keep him busy.
He gave a similar answer to George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s This Week, when asked if his moderate image could play well in states such as Iowa and South Carolina.
“I’m playing in New Jersey and that’s what I care about, George,” Christie said.
The governor, who was in good humor throughout his appearances Sunday morning, also declined to take any shots at his potential 2016 rivals, Republican senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.).
“Listen, you know what Chris, what I’m not going to get into is the Washington, D.C., game that you’re trying to get me into,” Christie told Wallace when asked for his opinion of the two. “I’m the governor of New Jersey and I’m focused on getting things done.”