Christie noncommital on 2016 race

OCEAN CITY – Gov. Chris Christie has not given any thought to running for president in 2016, but hasn’t ruled it out either, he told an Ocean City crowd today.

The governor was prompted to discuss his thoughts of running for president in 2016 by a resident who attended one of Christie’s beach town halls. The resident asked if he would go for it and Christie, who still has not announced whether he will run for re-election as governor, declined to jump into the 2016 race.

“First off, I hope there’s no reason for me to have to run in 2016 because I hope President (Mitt) Romney will be running for re-election,” he said, garnering a round of applause from the beach crowd.

“My mother always taught me, first things first,” he said, adding there’s plenty of work left for him in New Jersey – which is why he said he declined to run for president in the upcoming election.

“You elected me and I wasn’t going to get up and leave here before I thought the job was done,” Christie said.

However, before moving on to the next question, the governor told residents that nothing is off the table.

“I will tell you this, I love public service, I love the job I’m doing … and if I think I’d have something to add to the mix, I don’t think I’d back away from it,” Christie said.

Christie noncommital on 2016 race