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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

"If I run for president, you can be sure I'll have an opinion. But I'm not going to sit here and pretend to have opinions about things that will be ill-informed," Christie told CNBC's John Harwood in the televised interview.

"The fact is, if and when there's a time that comes that I need to be telling people in this country what my view is on those issues, I will. But until that time, I think it's quite frankly immature to be expressing a lot of those opinions just because I'm sitting up here in front of this room and you asked," he added. "And if I don't think my answer's going to be smart and will stand the test of time, you can be damned sure I'm not going to answer because you'll have this tape and you'll use it."

Christie, who recently delayed planned payments to New Jersey's pension system, also hit Democratic lawmakers in the state for trying to raise taxes to fill a major budget gap.

"I'm the guy at the gate trying to keep the barbarians away," he railed.