Chris Christie: I Could Beat Obama
NJ gov knows he could win, but isn't ready for White House
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2011 4:44 AM CST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address in Trenton earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

(Newser) – New Jersey GOP governor Chris Christie says he's not running for president because he doesn't feel ready for the job, not because he doesn't think he could win. Some conservative pundits are pleading with Christie to throw his hat in the ring, Politico notes. "I have people calling me and saying, 'Let me explain to you how you could win,'" Christie says. "And I’m like, 'You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.' That's not the issue."

As governor, he says, "there has never been a day where I’ve felt like I’m over my head, I don’t know what to do, I’m lost. I don’t know whether I’d feel the same way if I walked into the Oval Office a year and a half from now. So, unless you get yourself to the point where you really believe you have a shot to be successful, then I don’t think you have any business running for it."