Some Republicans may have been emboldened by news that Chris Christie outperformed other potential GOP presidential contenders in a recent poll, but the New Jersey governor isn't among them.
"I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor . . . that I am ready to be president of the United States," he told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."
According to a Zogby poll released Jan. 3, Christie would beat President Obama 43 percent to 40 percent, a better showing than that of other, higher-profile Republicans who have said they are considering a run. Former Massachusetts Gov. (and 2008 presidential candidate) Mitt Romney would run even with Obama, the poll found. Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee would lose to the president.
Despite the promising tea leaves, Christie said, "I don't think you run just because the political opportunity is there. That's how we wind up with politicians who aren't ready for their jobs."
Stressing that he has "a commitment to my state. . . . I've only been governor for a year; New Jersey's problems are not fixed," Christie assured Obama that he "can rest easy because the only guy who beats him in that poll isn't running."
He didn't rule out a bid in 2016, but stressed that "you have to believe in your heart that you're personally ready to be president, and I'm not there."
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