Christie Steers Clear of 2012 Talk

By Mike Allen
|  Sunday, Nov 7, 2010  |  Updated 1:46 PM EDT
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Christie Steers Clear of 2012 Talk

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed actions by the Delaware River Port Authority that would have restored free bridge passage and train ride perks to employees of the bi-state agency. Christie said resolutions passed by the agency's board on Wednesday "run directly contrary'' to his demands for additional reform.

Talking to David Gregory on “Meet the Press,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is Shermanesque about not running for president in 2012.

"First things first," he said, citing his mother's admonition about doing your job and saying he will still be governor in 2013.

But he sounded very open to a national race in 2016. "I'm going to need a job, David," Christie quipped.

When Gregory asked if Christine O’Donnell’s loss in Delaware was a wakeup call for GOP about the dangers of tea-party candidates, Christie replied: "I think Delaware was a missed opportunity to have a really good United States senator” in Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), who Christie endorsed over O’Donnell in the primary.

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