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Christie Says He’s Not Running as He Slams ‘Bystander’ Obama

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he plans to sit out the 2012 presidential race and then used a nationally broadcast appearance to assail President Barack Obama as a “bystander in the Oval Office.”

The 49-year-old Republican pointed to video clips on the Politico website of him saying he’s not running. “Click on it, those are the answers,” he told a capacity crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. That didn’t stop him from weighing in on the campaign.