Christie open to presidential run

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie left open the possibility of a presidential run in 2016 speaking at a town hall Friday.

“A few years from now I’m going to need a new job, so who knows?” he said, in response to a question about his ambitions at a town hall Friday, NorthJersey.com reported.

Christie said his first and concern was his gubernatorial re-election in November.

“My mother knew I was ambitious,” he said, adding that she had told him: “Do the job you have right now the best you can and the future will take care of itself.”

Speculation around Christie increased last month when he revealed that he had undergone weight loss surgery, something many saw as a precursor to a presidential bid, where physical appearance and stamina are crucial.

A governor of New Jersey can serve no more than two terms, and Christie is running for his second term. So come 2017, he will be looking for a new job. Alternatively, he might choose to leave his position earlier to seek another office.

“Who knows if America is ready for that,” Christie said. “I know New Jersey is.”

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