New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “already knows” he could win the White House were he to run for president in 2012. In an interview with National Review, Christie reiterated remarks he made in Washington last month during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. There, he told a disappointed audience that on a personal level, he doesn’t feel he is ready to be president.
I have people calling me and saying to me, “Let me explain to you how you could win.” And I’m like, “You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.” That’s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, “Geez, it might be too hard. I don’t think I can win.” I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity.
But I’ve got to believe I’m ready to be president, and I don’t. And I think that that’s the basis you have to make that decision. I think when you have people who make the decision just based upon seeing the opportunity you have a much greater likelihood that you’re going to have a president who is not ready. And then we all suffer from that.
Christie went on to say that he is flattered so many people are hoping he will announce his candidacy, “but they should trust my instincts on this.”
“I know me better than anyone else knows me,” Christie added.