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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told an Ocean City, Md., town hall Thursday that he was considering running for president in 2016.

“I’m thinking about it,” Christie said in response to a question from a local supporter, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

“It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family,” Christie said, according to the newspaper, saying he would make his decision “probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next.”

Christie, who has traveled nationally as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has long been considered a likely candidate for president in 2016 and is among the top contenders, according to polls. He’s had to deal this year with the fallout from his administration’s role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. 

He joked about why he wasn’t asked about 2016 sooner at the event. 

“Third question in, you people are slow,” he reportedly said.

Christie also criticized President Obama’s handling of the border crisis and healthcare reform, The Star-Ledger reported.


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