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