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Jan082013

Chris Christie 'More Ready' for 2016

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "Now" wasn't Gov. Chris Christie's time in 2012 but that could change in 2016.

The New Jersey Republican decided against a run for the GOP presidential nomination last year, feeling he still owed the residents of his state his full attention after only being in office for less than one term.

Christie is running for relection this year and, barring a major meltdown, the very popular governor is expected to easily defeat any Democratic challenger put up against him.

As for the future, Christie told The Newark Star-Ledger that he's grown as a politician, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and that if he decides to throw his hat in the presidential sweepstakes, the governor remarked, "Yeah, you’re damn right I’d be more ready."

Among other things, campaigning for 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney got him excited about the prospects of seeking national office.

However, Christie may also hope that Republicans have a short memory because many weren't pleased with the way he embraced President Obama during the Sandy relief effort in the waning days of the 2012 campaign.

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