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Christie on Jeb: ‘That Train Has Slowed Down Pretty Significantly’

Thursday in an interview with NBC’s “Today” host Matt Lauer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said since former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) expressed interest in running for president in 2016 his “train has slowed down pretty significantly.”

Christie first discussed the freshman senators Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) who already announced they are running saying, “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. So I think it will be a governor or former governor.

Lauer asked, “You just took a shot at a couple of those people so let’s talk about a former Governor, Jeb Bush, who has not declared yet but is out there raising millions and millions of dollars. He’s a moderate Republican. When you look at a potential run, is he your biggest rival?”

Christie said “Well, I don’t know. You would have thought when he announced in December that he would be. But it seems to me that that train has slowed down pretty significantly.”

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