Questions about a presidential bid have become an expected, routine element at his news conferences, where he has directly and repeatedly said he will not run.

This is not the first time rumors that Christie is reconsidering have emerged and spread explosively across the Internet. In August, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter tweeted that Christie was running focus groups testing his presidential prowess, sending reporters into a frenzy to confirm it with Christie aides, who all adamantly denied it. Within hours, Alter backed away from his claim.

But Christie has expressed sympathy for those whose dissatisfaction with the current GOP field has instigated the constant calls for him to run, and said the Republican candidates haven't been honest about the sacrifices needed to deal with the fiscal crisis.

"The fact that nobody yet who's running for president, in my view, has done that effectively is why you continue to hear people ask Daniels if he'll reconsider and ask me if I'll reconsider," Christie said Thursday at an appearance with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).