Chris Christie, New Jersey’s popular Republican governor and the subject of presidential speculation for two years, caused some brows to furrow in the closing statement of a debate last night.
“This is the last office I’ll ever run for in New Jersey and the last political campaign I will run in New Jersey,” Christie said during a 90-minute debate at Montclair State University with his Democratic rival Barbara Buono.
During the 90-minute debate at Montclair State University, Christie again declined to rule out a presidential run and said he can’t predict where his future will take him. Christie turned down business and political leaders in his own party when he declined to take a shot at challenging President Barack Obama in 2012.
In their first debate last week, he said predicting whether he’ll make the run is impossible.
“First off we can say he’s not running for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey at any time soon. But I think he was very specific in two sentences saying, `This is my last political office, this is my last campaign IN New Jersey,”’ said Brigid Harrison, a debate panelist and professor of law and government at Montclair State.
“I don’t know that’s a tip of the hand, but it clearly is a means by which he’s not ruling out the presidency. That was a very important and very well-crafted statement.”