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Maddow: Christie not running in 2016?

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Thursday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hinted he might not run for president in 2016.

Christie, who is expected to run in 2016, has taken a hit after the bridge closure scandal that jammed traffic in his state centered in on his administration. Emails from Christie's staff showed the bridge closure was an act of political retaliation, which Maddow said might have Christie reconsidering a 2016 bid.

While speaking at a press conference Thursday, Christie asserted he remains committed to New Jersey, and he and his family plan to live the rest of their lives in the state.

Maddow said that comment casts doubt on Christie's 2016 presidential bid.

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"That is not at all the way that Gov. Chris Christie has talked recently about his next few years," she said. "I'm not prepared to say definitively tonight that Chris Christie just announced he is not running for president. … But it kind of seems today like Chris Christie just announced he is not going to run for president in 2016."

Maddow contrasted Christie's comments with ones he made during his gubernatorial campaign in October, where he sidestepped speculation he might leave the position to run for president.

"My current intention is to spend four years [as governor], but we'll see what happens," Christie told ABC News on Oct. 29.

Maddow then again played a clip of Thursday's press conference, where he said he is committed to serving eight years as New Jersey governor, not just four.

"What he's saying is totally different," Maddow said. "So that's one thing to note. Chris Christie may have said today that he's not running for president."