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Christie: 'Beware' of candidates who declare early

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm •  Published: July 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Wednesday that he hasn't decided whether he's running for president. But he had sharp words for those who have.

Speaking before a Wall Street crowd at CNBC's Delivering Alpha conference, Christie said voters should "be careful" of candidates who've made clear they're already in the running.

"You should beware of people, in my opinion, who are overanxious to make that decision before they need to," he said, without naming names. "That would, it seem, indicate to me ambition before wisdom, and I don't think that's what you want from the person sitting in the Oval Office. I think what you want from that person is wisdom and strength and determination and a sense inside them that they're there for a reason, not just for the title."

Some fellow Republicans, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, appear closer to making up their minds about running; both have begun raising funds.

Christie, who will head to Iowa on Thursday for fundraising events through his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association, also defended his recent tendency to skirt questions about contentious national topics after he declined to weigh in on the merits of the Export-Import Bank, whose future is in question because some Republicans oppose it as a taxpayer-subsidized giveaway to large companies. He has done the same on issues including immigration and foreign policy.

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