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Chris Christie “Open” to 2016 Presidential Bid

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s open to running for president in four years if the job is open.

Governor Chris Christie
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

The first-term GOP governor says he hopes Republican Mitt Romney beats President Obama in November and seeks re-election in 2016. But if the presidency is open, Christie says he’ll “certainly think about it.”

Christie, who rebuffed an opportunity to enter the contest for the GOP nomination this year, was asked Wednesday at a boardwalk stop in Ocean City about running for the top spot in the next election.

He said: “If there’s an opportunity for me to serve in another capacity and I think I have something to add to the mix, I don’t think I’d back away from it.”

Christie has been mentioned as the GOP convention’s keynote speaker.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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