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Chris Christie talks about a possible 2016 presidential run
by Nathan'ette Burdine: October 31, 2014

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told “Fox News Sunday’s” host Chris Wallace that early next year is when he will decide if he’s running for president.

Christie told Wallace, “I don’t know. I have not made up my mind, won’t make up my mind until the beginning of next year.”

Christie, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is considered a top contender for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination.

Jeb Bush Jr. announced that his father, Jeb Bush Sr., will wait until after the 2014 mid-term elections to announce his decision about running for president.

Jeb Bush Jr., said, “No question, people are getting fired up about it.” Jeb Bush Jr., also said that his mother’s, Columba, support of his father’s decision to run is a sign that Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016.

Christie told Wallace that being the governor of New Jersey and the head of the Republican National Governors Association has kept him busy and that he [Christie] hasn’t had the time to reach a decision on whether he will run.

The governor did say that he is “thinking about it,” running for president, but that his “final decision” will come next year.

Although Christie hasn’t made a decision on whether he will run for president, he has made a decision on who he thinks should run and become the next president.

“I am convinced that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor, and it needs to be.

We had the experiment of a legislator who’s never run anything, getting on-the-job training in the White House. It has not been pretty,” said Christie.

Wallace asked Christie if his “getting on-the-job training” comment was directed at President Obama who has been getting a considerable amount of criticism from Democrats and Republicans about his response to the Ebola virus and the radical Islamic group the Islamic State (IS).

Christie responded that his comment is based on his observation of President Obama’s record during the “last six years,” and his belief [Christie] that a person needs more than the experience of managing “a senate staff” in order to be the president of the United States.

In response to Christie’s comments, Wallace hinted that Christie’s brashness could be a problem for him if he decides to run for president.

Wallace pointed out that Christie’s “I’m tired of hearing about minimum wage” and “It’s time to start offending people” comments during a speech the governor gave at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week could be seen as out of touch with voters.

Christie explained that his comments were in reference to politicians not seeing that people need middle class jobs that will enable them to live a middle class lifestyle.

Christie said, “What we need to do in this country is not have debate over a higher minimum wage. We have to have a debate over creating better-paying middle class jobs in the country. If that somehow doesn’t comport with what people in the political elite want, well, I’m sorry.”

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