New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) should stay in his spot, the state's new Republican congressman said Thursday.
Rep.-elect Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) heaped praise on his state's GOP governor, whose blunt style and nationwide campaign spots have prompted White House buzz. But Christie, Runyan said, needs to stay as governor for now.
"I'll be selfish as a New Jerseyian and say I want him to stay in New Jersey, and fix the problems there," Runyan told the conservative magazine Newsmax.
While innocuous on its face, Runyan's words add pressure to Christie from a home-state political figure against a presidential run.
Christie has repeatedly said he's uninterested in running for president for now, but has been a bit more evasive about possibly joining a ticket as a vice presidential nominee or about running for president in 2016.
Runyan's actually one of the few GOP lawmakers from the mid-Atlantic who have been asked about Christie to discourage the governor from running. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) has said Christie would be an "outstanding presidential candidate," while Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has said that the New Jersey Republican would give the party its best shot at beating President Obama in 2012.