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Christie Reacts to 2012 Rumors

CAMDEN, NJ- MAY 8:  U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie speaks with the media outside Camden Federal Courthouse  May 8, 2007 in Camden, New Jersey. According to reports six men were arrested on charges of planning to attack the Fort Dix military base with automatic weapons.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

February 16, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is not messing around when he says he's not running for president.

In a speech to the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Christie said he would have to go to extreme lengths to convince people he's out of the race.

"Apparently I have to commit suicide to convince people I'm not running," Christie said.

In typical modest fashion, Christie says he understands why people would ask him to launch a White House bid. He, too, sees a path to victory, but that opportunity isn't reason enough to take the plunge.

"That's not a reason to be president of the United States. You have to believe in your heart and soul and mind that you are ready and I don't believe that myself right now."

More on Christie's big speech and his unofficial Washington debut later today on NationalJournal.com

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