MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his family is now on board if he decides to run for president in 2016.
“This is about me now,” Christie told reporters of his decision-making process. “Mary Pat and the children are completely supportive if this is something I want to do.” His wife, Mary Pat, stood by his side. Earlier Tuesday, he addressed a “Politics & Eggs” event at Saint Anselm College.
“You have to decide, is this what you want to do with the next 10 years of your life?” he said. “And so no one should make that decision lightly. And I’m on my own time schedule to make that decision.
“But the time will end this month and I’ll make a decision and then we’ll either be in or we won’t.”
The Republican lineup has been growing while he ponders all this. More than 10 are in the running for the nomination. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to seek the presidency has been confirmed by aides and he plans to announce it himself in Miami on Monday.
Christie has said his own timing is influenced by New Jersey’s budget deadline at the end of June.
The governor has four children, two still living at home. He has long joked about how his college-aged daughter was concerned about the prospect of Secret Service agents following her around campus. But he’s also said his family would not have veto power over his decision.
Christie is better known than some of his rivals, but not always in favorable terms. He attributes high negative ratings in some polls to his blunt persona.
“I’m probably the best-known Republican candidate in America,” he said. “And every once in a while, you know I say things that make people angry. That’s the way it goes.
“But you know that’s what campaigns are for,” he said, “to change people’s minds.”
Christie also said he didn’t think he’d have trouble distinguishing himself in the big pack of rivals.
“You know, over the course of time of my public career I’ve never had a hard time getting attention,” he said.
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