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Christie says he's thinking about 2016 bid



WASHINGTON (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he is thinking about running for president and that by the time 2016 arrives the controversy over last year's George Washington Bridge lane closures "will be a footnote."

Christie told a conference in Washington that after months of investigation "there hasn't been one suggestion that I knew anything about" orders from staff aides to close access lanes that caused traffic snarls in Fort Lee.

When asked by CBS' Bob Schieffer if he's thinking of running for president and when he'll make a decision, Christie said: "Yes, and later."

"As far as the impact on my political future, I think it will have none because I didn't do anything," Christie said.

"I'm not the first chief executive who had someone on their staff do something they didn't know something about," Christie said. "I don't think that would hurt anybody's career and it's not going to hurt mine."

Christie also said that he's very good friends with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush but that won't be a factor in deciding whether to run.

You don't like to run against people who are your friends," Christie said. "You like to run against people you don't like. It's easier."

Christie spoke confidently and comfortably at a "fiscal summit" hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which was created to increase public awareness of the dangers of budget deficits and rising national debt.

Christie said he'll announce a plan next week on what to do about New Jersey's unexpected $800 million budget shortfall. Tax increases are off the table, he said.

Christie was seen as perhaps the top GOP prospect for the 2016 race, but the controversy over the lane closures, which were apparently ordered by a top former aide, has taken a toll on his poll numbers.

But he said that after months of investigation, "there hasn't been one suggestion that I knew anything about it."

Christie also said that if Republicans retake the Senate it could lead to a more productive Washington during President Barack Obama's final two years in office. Obama could make progress on trade negotiating authority, for example.

Christie also spoke of his past support for raising New Jersey's minimum wage in increments but didn't explicitly endorse an increase in the federal minimum wage.

"The problem we have in this country is not income inequality," Christie said. "It's opportunity inequality."

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jdsept May 14 2014 at 3:38 PM

Has he seen his latest polling numbers vs. Hillary or other GOPers?

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ratboy4444079930 jdsept May 15 2014 at 8:29 AM

The real ones or the lies told by Huff Post?

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domicileappraise May 14 2014 at 4:22 PM

Christie is a crude, loud mouthed bully. Is that what you want in the Whitehouse?

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kjb122854 domicileappraise May 14 2014 at 4:35 PM

Better than an arrogant slick lying con artist who is out to ruin America!

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debnaert domicileappraise May 14 2014 at 4:36 PM

You won't want me to tell you what OBAMA and CLINTON ARE..... of course we all know that they are the biggest LIARS that ever worked in Washington.

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joelknowlton May 14 2014 at 4:19 PM

Too funny you libtards say he is fat.........LOL hildabeast is a fat old cow who has accomplished NOTHING>

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Bluemoon joelknowlton May 14 2014 at 4:22 PM

I live in NJ and I can honestly say that this man should no be a street cleaner. He has does nothing for New Jersey but promote himself as something he is not. He is a liar and a phony. It won't be long before the real truth comes out about him and we won't ever hear his name again.

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jpenders29 May 14 2014 at 3:58 PM

You are looking good, Governor, keep up the good work.
Remember that you are a Republican and " this above all...to thine own self be true !"

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teeveequeen jpenders29 May 14 2014 at 4:19 PM

he's a RINO ...

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Maggie Otterbine Klo May 14 2014 at 3:56 PM

Christie better watch, people are getting tired of being thrown under the bus. lso if he really cared about anything he would realize he shows he is to busy trying to get support for his 2016 run because by his own lips "HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON" in his own office. And now he want's the nation to trust that he can controlle the entire White House.

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joelknowlton Maggie Otterbine Klo May 14 2014 at 4:17 PM

What do you have to say about hildabeast NOT knowing what was going on when as SOS American's were being murdered.

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teeveequeen Maggie Otterbine Klo May 14 2014 at 4:19 PM

he's just quoting his Good Buddy Obama ... they know nothing !!!

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mcgrawnrh May 14 2014 at 3:53 PM

He needs to lose at least 200 pounds to seriously be considered . . .

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madeirawoodaka1 May 14 2014 at 3:46 PM

Christie is right...when he says "I didn't do anything..." RIGHT! In spite of all the obstacles Christie has put in the way of investigators and prosecutors ...the investigations are NOT over...far from it! Besides the Bridge scandal there is the mystery of where the Sandy money that has been spent and the money that is over and above what has not as yet been provided to the people that suffered losses from hurricane Sandy! rcw

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hagman3926 madeirawoodaka1 May 14 2014 at 4:19 PM

All those scandals in obamas white house have all been proved. You have nothing on christe.

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Bluemoon madeirawoodaka1 May 14 2014 at 4:26 PM

Christie is supposed to report every six months how money for hurricane Sandy victims has been spent. He has not yet reported on one penny of it. His bird faced wife and her "charity" collected money that has gone nowhere also and people say they aren't crooks.......really?

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teeveequeen May 14 2014 at 4:17 PM

the GOP does not want and/or need Christie ...

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teeveequeen May 14 2014 at 3:39 PM

no one wants fat-a$$ Christie as the next POTUS ...

he lost all CREDIBILITY when he strolled hand-in-hand with Obama (not once but TWICE) over that hurricane disaster in his state !!!

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Dick May 14 2014 at 4:12 PM

Well we have had a black do nothing president so why not a fat slob liar for president!!!

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