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A Coy Chris Christie Pays a Call on the Washington Business Lobby

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a Legal Reform Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21
Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a Legal Reform Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in a playful mood when he stopped by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to deliver the keynote speech at a luncheon devoted to clamping down on lawsuits against corporations. Alluding to his not-well-disguised bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the voluble Christie said: “I am convinced that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor, and it needs to be.”

As his audience of corporate executives, lobbyists, and defense attorneys chuckled, Christie smiled and did not connect the coy comment to his own undeclared candidacy. Instead, he took one of several swipes at President Obama. “We have had the experiment of a legislator who’s never run anything getting on-the-job training in the White House,” he added. “It has not been pretty.”