Christie: "Beware" of candidates who declare early

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had sharp words for anyone who declares candidacy for office too early. (Slaven Vlasic, 2014 Getty Images)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had sharp words for anyone who declares candidacy for office too early. (Slaven Vlasic, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/16 1:52 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insists he hasn't yet decided whether to run for president,.

But he does have sharp words for those who have.

Speaking Wednesday before a Wall Street crowd at CNBC's Delivering Alpha conference, Christie said people should "beware of" candidates who've made clear they're already in the running. He suggested those people are putting ambition before wisdom and running for the wrong reasons.

The Republican governor also defended his recent tendency to skirt answering questions about contentious national topics.

Christie said he's not going to pretend to have opinions on issues just because he's asked about them, if his answers aren't smart and won't stand the test of time.

Christie also hit Democratic lawmakers at home, calling them "barbarians" for trying to raise taxes.

 

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