Christie: ‘On the Back Nine’

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center right, during a town hall meeting on Feb. 26, 2014, in Long Hill, N.J.

Christie: I’m on the Back Nine

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s not saying he’s checked out. But he is clear on one thing: he won’t be on a ballot again. At least not in New Jersey.

And it’s liberating.

`I’m not going to worry about politics anymore, everybody. That’s it. I’m on the back nine,” he said today during a town-hall meeting in the Republican enclave of Long Hill Township in which his political scandals never arose. “My name’s not going to be on the ballot again in this state.”

Christie, 51, had been mentioned as a potential top-tier presidential candidate in 2016. As of late, that road has been a bit rocky as he endures a steady stream of controversy and investigations over the role played by his administration n politically motivated traffic jams.

During the 95-minute meeting, Christie pushed a new round of cuts to pension and benefits after requiring workers to pay more for health care and pensions in a bipartisan measure he signed in 2011. He’s said he plans to again seek additional changes, and is emboldened to “make tough choices” by being term-limited.


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