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Christie on whether he’ll remain N.J. governor for four full years: ‘I don’t know’

AP Photo/Mel Evans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he announces his "Hurricane Sandy Flood Map Regulations" Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The town, which was featured in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" sustained substantial damage to homes and its boardwalk during Superstorm Sandy. ()

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Mel Evans/AP)

New Jersey's recently reelected Gov. Chris Christie wants everybody to know one thing: he's focused on running on the garden state.

Despite being a top contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Christie refused to say, in appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows, whether he intends to run. But an exchange on ABC's "This Week" suggests he hasn't ruled it out.

"I'm the governor of New Jersey. That's my job, and that's what I asked for for four more years, and that's what I intend to do," Christie told host George Stephanopoulos.

"All four years?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"Listen. Who knows? I don't know. I'm going to continue to do my job and finish the job, but everybody's trying to figure out what life is going to bring you a few years from now. I didn't expect to be sitting here four years ago, George. So nobody can make those predictions," Christie said.

That exchange highlights the rhetorical balancing act Christie played on Sunday morning. He repeatedly stressed that he's focused on running the Garden State, while weighing in on national politics, criticizing Congress and never quite ruling out a presidential run.

Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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