Newly reelected Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., told Fox News on Sunday that he appeals to women and minority voters by doing “exactly what Ronald Reagan would have done.”
Christie’s appearances on four news shows Sunday fueled the speculation that he’s eyeing a presidential run in 2016.
“Governor, how interested are you in running for president in 2016?” asked Fox News host Chris Wallace.
“Well Chris what I’m interested in doing is being the governor of New Jersey,” Christie responded. Prior to the election Christie was criticized as having one foot out of the door.
Wallace pressed Christie and implied that he might not have the temper for a presidential run.
“Listen, I’m the governor of New Jersey,” Christie said. “And if you don’t think that being governor of New Jersey tries your patience then you haven’t spent enough time in my state, Chris. I am absolutely confident in my own ability to lead, and obviously so are 62 percent of the people the state of New Jersey who re-elected me on Tuesday night.”
“At the end of the day, Chris, here are what people in Washington, D.C. don’t understand,” he added. “If you want to win a vote by that kind of margin, if you want to attract a majority of the Hispanic vote, if you want to nearly triple your African-American vote, you need to show up, you need to go into those neighborhoods, you need to campaign in places.”
He said that’s the only way the GOP will win in blue states.
“That’s the way the Republican Party will make itselves [sic] more relevant to a whole much broader group of folks,” he insisted. “And the fact is, that’s exactly what Ronald Reagan would have done and did do when he was campaigning for president. I did that campaigning for governor because I believed it’s what’s right to do as governor when you represent all the people.”
Christie, however, would not answer Wallace’s questions about his criticism of the government shutdown and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
“I’m not going to get into the Washington, D.C. game that you’re trying to get me into,” he said. “I’m focused on getting things done, and I think that’s why we got 61 percent of the vote. I’ll work with anyone and everyone who is willing to work with me on my principles…The rest of this stuff is just the game people play in Washington, which is why people hate Washington, D.C.”