Christie not that into GOP hopefuls

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Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Iowa Education Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Iowa Education Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.
Mary Chind /The Des Moines Register/AP

This week, Gov. Christie appeared in Iowa where he, again, denied rumors of a 2012 run. He also stayed quiet on his pick for the GOP nomination.

Why would a non-potential candidate appear in a big primary state if he’s not even considering a run for office?

Christie says only time will tell. “Here’s what I have to say about politics — two months is a long time, let alone five years. I’m not out here to lay any groundwork at all about any kind of future aspiration,” he said. “2016 is a long, long way away.”’

He traveled to Des Moines to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King. The fellow GOP member, who had previously called for Christie to run for 2012, asked the New Jersey Governor to headline the event.

As for official GOP candidates, Christie was not moved by anyone enough to support their campaigns — at least yet.

“If I believed that someone has distinguished themselves in a way on the issues that I care about, that I feel enthusiastic enough to endorse them, I will,” explained Christie. “If I’m going to get in and support someone, I’m going to do it 100 percent. To get there, I have to feel that way about one of the people offering themselves for president. If that moment comes, I certainly won’t keep it a secret.” He added that he plans to support the 2012 nominee once that person is determined.

He might want to make friends with Willard M. Romney. The Republican candidate is reportedly considering Christie as a VP running mate.

— By Jeff Seymour

Chris Christie and Iowa

Christie not that into GOP hopefuls

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