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Chris Christie on 2016: ‘The Game Hasn’t Even Come Close to Beginning’

Governor Chris Christie says he isn’t worried about the recent bad polling numbers around his potential presidential bid for 2016. On the Today show, he even took a few shots at some senators who have already announced they’re running for president.

Christie admitted that, although some once considered him the “front runner” in conversations surrounding 2016, he was fine with his current position. Front-runner status is difficult to maintain, he argued, calling it the “bull’s-eye’s on your back and everybody’s shooting at you.”

“I’m fine with exactly where I am right now because I haven’t changed—because all that other stuff is artificial until the game really begins, and the game hasn’t even come close to beginning,” he told Matt Lauer.

Christie also took a shot at some of the Republican members of Congress who have already announced their campaign, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Marco Rubio.

“I believe that our party and our country need someone who’s actually run something,” Christie said. “And while I have great respect for a number of those folks, I don’t believe that we’ve done well with the experiment of a one-term U.S. senator being president of the United States.”

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