New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) brushed off a Zogby poll from earlier this month that showed him leading a pack of hypothetical GOP 2012 contenders, adamantly stressing that’s not in his plans.
“The president can rest easy because the only guy who beats him in that poll isn’t running,” Christie said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I have a commitment to my state,” he said, adding that he’d only been governor for a year and New Jersey’s problems still need fixing.
“You have to believe in your heart that you’re personally ready to be president and I’m not there,” Christie said. “I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor … that I am ready to be president of the United States.”
“So I’m not going to run,” the governor said.
According to that poll, Christie would beat President Obama 43 percent to 40 percent, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would run even with Obama. In the poll, the president would beat Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.
Christie never said never, though.
“If I were ever to do it I want to make sure in my heart I feel ready,” he said.