New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he doesn’t feel ready to make a run for the White House and ruled out a bid in 2012.
Christie was in Washington on Wednesday for a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
He issued a sharp warning to Washington lawmakers that they can no longer ignore the growth of entitlement programs and the federal deficit. But the first question Christie got from reporters when his address ended was whether he would seek the presidency next year.
“Well, that took a long time, didn’t it?" the governor said.
"Listen, I threatened to commit suicide, I did, I said, 'what can I do short of suicide to convince people I'm not running?'" Christie said. "Apparently, I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running."
He continued, "You have to feel in your heart and in your mind that you’re ready for the presidency. And there are lots of people who will run just because the opportunity presents itself.
"That's not a reason to be president of the United States," Christie said. "You have to believe in your heart and in your soul and in your mind that you are ready and I don’t believe that about myself right now. So that’s why I said I won’t run and I can’t imagine that changing.”
Christie said it wouldn’t make his wife happy either.
"My wife would kill me," he said. "There's certain things that you know just will not be accepted and I think that's on the list."