Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 18, 2013
Although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is successfully losing weight after his lap-band surgery in February, there is one article of clothing that he never plans on wearing – a men’s Speedo bathing suit.
“I can announce I’m not wearing the Speedo on the Fourth of July, that’s something I’m happy to announce,” the Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday in response to a question about his political ambitions.
He also reminded the “Morning Joe” crew that they were welcome to come back to the Jersey shore anytime – as long as they vowed not to wear Speedos.
Christie, who is considered a frontrunner in the race for president in 2016, also announced on the show Monday that he will not decide anything about the race before 2015. Instead, he wants to focus on serving as governor of New Jersey, a job he is largely expected to be re-elected to this November.
“Let me keep doing my job,” he said. “When those decisions need to be made, I’ll make them.”
The governor also offered some advice to the party, which has in some ways ostracized him for his so-called bromance with President Obama in the wake of Superstorm Sandy last fall.
“After you lose two elections, you want to win. I think our party should be focused on making sure we nominate the best possible candidate to get elected in 2016,” Christie stated.
“We’re not doing what we’re doing on the state level, where we’re being enormously successful,” he added. “We’ve got 30 of 50 Republican governors in this country. Why? At the state level, they see the Republican Party as being doers, we actually get things done for people and we’re pragmatists and we bring people together—and we do so without violating our principles.”