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NJ Gov. Christie brushes off talk of 2016 presidential race

PHOENIX -- The man considered by many to be the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 said Thursday he's not thinking about a White House run.

"I'm two weeks out of a campaign, I'm not looking to start speculating about other campaigns already," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. "We've got 2014 to deal with (mid-term elections), that's what we're going to deal with."

Christie is in Phoenix with the Republican Governors Association, the group he formally took leadership of at this gathering.

Christie touched on the topic of immigration, saying the system is broken but he wouldn't say if he favors a pathway to citizenship or give specifics about possible solutions. But he said Congress needs to get to work.

"They're going have to see what they can get a majority of votes for in both houses of Congress that the president will sign."

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is also among those being mentioned as a possible GOP presidential-nominee contender. He believed border security and a 21st-century guest worker program can work hand in hand as pieces of solving the broken immigration system.

"You could work with private sector firms in the employment placement business to contract that could manage a biometric visa program."

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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