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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Leaves Hospital After Asthma Scare

ABC News(SOMERVILLE, N.J.) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who's been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, left a hospital Thursday evening, telling reporters he suffered breathing problems apparently related to his asthma condition.

"I was a little bit scared, but I was never ... passed out," he told reporters outside the hospital. "I was communicating the whole time."

"I feel great now," he added. "A little tired. But other than tired, I feel fine."

Christie, 48, was being driven to an official event at a farm Thursday morning when he began having difficulty breathing. He was taken to Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., at around 10:30 a.m.

In addition to the breathing problems sometimes associated with his asthma, Christie said, he felt lightheaded, and told aides he might need to go to the hospital.

"I was kind of betwixt and between about whether to come or not," Christie said. "The first thing I thought about was my kids. You know, when you have four kids you don't take chances."

"I don't usually get lightheaded and I did -- and that's what made me feel different about this," he added. "From the time I told them, we were here in less than 10 minutes and I was in there getting taken care of.

"I don't want you or anyone in the state to be concerned about me," he said. "I'm fine."

Maria Comella, Christie's deputy chief of staff, earlier said, "The governor is fully alert and he is in charge."

Comella said that doctors ran an EKG test, took blood work and did a chest x-ray. Comella said that the breathing problems were attributed to Christie's asthma.

The governor has suffered from asthma since he was 15 and uses an inhaler once a day, his staff said.

Christie, a Republican, has been discussed as a possible presidential candidate, something he has ruled out. Other Republican candidates, however, have said they would consider Christie as a possible vice presidential running mate.

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