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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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casey May 14 2014 at 7:43 PM

800 million off of the Christie estimate of revenue....... Every year so far his rosie predictions of income haven't happened.. NJ deeper in debt. why raise taxws..hmmm cause the 1st bush got a beat down for doing it.any one knows if you do not have enough to pay the bills. you need more income. but let us continue to cut the beifits (retirement) of those who have pod their fair share. what a disaster he woulb as the leader of this country. a prossecuter who took no prisoners to a wimp who kisses any butt of the 1%

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JANERO May 14 2014 at 9:37 PM

stop thinking about running for president because no one will vote for you....continue eating!!

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pmac JANERO May 14 2014 at 10:47 PM

HOW MUCH SCHOOLING HAVE YOU HAD

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franksroom May 14 2014 at 9:49 PM

I wonder if he could carry New Jersey.

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pmac franksroom May 14 2014 at 10:45 PM

He will carry the USA

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ljr74 pmac May 15 2014 at 3:15 AM

You're probably right - he will carry the USA. He's large enough to carry it on his back - literally! But he will not be president of the USA.

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hanlon1212 May 14 2014 at 9:55 PM

Christie never stood a chance before his scandal -- he isn't going to win from prison.

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pmac hanlon1212 May 14 2014 at 10:45 PM

You are one of those communists that decived him

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cliff May 14 2014 at 9:58 PM

Dude Christie your poll numbers have tanked. You are in last place among your own Party, behind Ryan. Dude when you are behind Ryan and Jeb, you've hit rock bottom. LOL

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korrectionelecshun cliff May 14 2014 at 10:03 PM

Christie won by 70% twice in NJ n boehner won by 80% in Ohio,n obamit n senile Hillary Benghazi" will both be in jail in 2014. !

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pmac cliff May 14 2014 at 10:36 PM

use of the word DUDE, shows your ignorance

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texastotenmom May 14 2014 at 9:59 PM

Christie won in NJ by 70% of the NJ vote~~>twice..... n wins in a landslide also in 2016~~>Christie / 2016 ~USA

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pmac texastotenmom May 14 2014 at 10:34 PM

Yes patroit

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ljr74 texastotenmom May 15 2014 at 3:10 AM

Where have you been? He won by lying, dishing out political favors and Sandy Relief funds! The Mayor in Fort Lee didn't play in Christie's penthouse and you see what happens when you take your toys and go home. Or maybe that's a bridge too far for you to comprehend.

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valentino216 May 14 2014 at 10:04 PM

Well I will notvote for him...

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pmac valentino216 May 14 2014 at 10:34 PM

Then you can be a commie , muslim too

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joyceand May 14 2014 at 10:12 PM

What a joke as a candidate.

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pmac joyceand May 14 2014 at 10:32 PM

you are a joke

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mercuriojoe May 14 2014 at 10:13 PM

He is a blowhard who has done absolutely nothing for New Jersey and would be the absolute last person in the world the south would ever vote for

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bsullivan1209 May 14 2014 at 10:24 PM

I think that ship has sailed - thankfully. I hate to say it . . . but he's kind of pathetic.

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