Chris Christie shrugs off news that White House may be digging up dirt on him

Chris Moody | Contributor

In what has become typical fashion for the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie expressed little worry about the possibility that the White House is building a “dirt” file on him in the event he becomes a threat to the president’s re-election campaign, and reiterated, again, that he’s not running in 2012.

The New York Post reported this week that the White House has sent operatives to New Jersey for opposition research on the infamous governor, who many prominent conservatives have tapped as the only candidate who could beat President Obama in the next election.

To which Christie responded, knock yourself out, White House.

“If the president’s people want to do opp-research on me, I’m sure that’s their prerogative,” Christie said during a news conference Tuesday, literally shrugging at the question. “They won’t have a chance to use it, though, because I’m not going to be the Republican candidate for president or vice-president in 2012, so that’s something they’re just going to have to put in the circular file once the nominees are selected.”

Christie has said repeatedly that he has no interest in running for president.

“Short of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running,” he said last November. “I’m not running.”

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