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After budget signing, Christie refuses to talk about political future

Friday, June 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Governor Christie signed the state budget Friday morning, overcoming the one hurdle he said was standing in the way of his decision to enter the crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary field. But Christie wouldn’t confirm reports that he’ll announce his candidacy Tuesday at Livingston High School. He wouldn’t talk about the series of events he reportedly has planned in New Hampshire next week. And when asked about how he’d be spending his summer he offered no hint that he’d be on the campaign trail. “I’m not here to talk about my political future,” Christie told reporters after signing the state budget and a series of related vetos in his outer office Friday morning. And amid calls that he resign if he does run for higher office, Christie reiterated his dedication to the state and downplayed his absences.

Christie argued that he’s spent more time in the State House during his five-and-a-half years as governor than some of his predecessors did in a comparable amount of time. He said the people most affected by his efforts to juggle being governor with exploring a presidential run are his wife Mary Pat and their four children. “I’m here almost every day and so when I do a lot of that other stuff, developing national ideas, raising money, all that, that’s done on time that’s outside my work day most of the time and so the people that really affects are Mary Pat and the kids,” Christie said.

But Christie has stepped up his travel since late 2013 when he was named chairman of the Republican Governors Association for a one-year term that concluded in November. His supporters launched Leadership Matters for America, a political action committee that has allowed him to hire staff in key states and travel the country as he explores a run.

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