Chris Christie was a rather promising 2016 presidential candidate around a year ago, but his popularity has waned since then, which doesn't bode well for his future in politics. That's partly because he's gone on record saying that his second and current term as Governor of New Jersey will be his last. And as reiterated again recently, Chris Christie would rather die than serve in Congress.
Speaking on ABC's This Week, Christie said he's worked hard as governor with Republican legislators to reform New Jersey's pension and tenure systems. "That shows I can keep the Republican party together," he remarked. "Maybe they should send me the House caucus to try to help them with that."
This Week host George Stephanopoulos jumped on this sound bite and prompted Christie with, "You're not running for speaker now, are you?" The governor responded by saying bluntly, "I am not, sir, no. I would rather jump off the Brooklyn Bridge than be in Congress."
It's not the first time Christie has openly discussed his lack of interest for being in Congress. Around this time last year, he was addressing the NAACP New Jersey Conference when he said, "The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate, and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate."
It seems as though is preferred choice of death is to drown in a large East Coast river of some sort, because at that time he further explained that he couldn't imagine being in the Senate "bangin' around that chamber with 99 other people ... You'd watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown. That'd be it."
Fair enough, Christie. Your position is clear.
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