MOUNT LAUREL – Outside of the Republican Governors Association meetings, Gov. Chris Christie said today he knows little about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who entered the Republican presidential candidate race on Saturday.
Like many others, he said he will learn more about him as the campaign unfolds.
“We’ll see what kind of a candidate he is. I want to see what he looks like,” he said. “Campaigns matter. You learn a lot about a person. ”
Christie said he admired some of the things Perry has done as governor, such as tort reform, describing it as “particularly laudable.”
He said New Jersey may want to follow suit, no pun intended, “as litigation becomes more and more expensive.”
Christie said he doesn’t know which Republican candidate in a crowded field would make the best president.
About his own presidential aspirations, Christie said, as he always has, that he’s not interested. This is despite a New York Times column published Sunday that discussed such a scenario.
“What can I say, it is very flattering,” he said about the column. “(But) my answer is I’m not going to change in that regard.”
He added, “I got a job …this is it. I’m going to do it until 2013. (At that time), I have to decide if I want to keep doing it.”