HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he is disappointed in Republican Mitt Romney's defeat and surprised how quickly the presidential race was over Tuesday night but said it's not time "to look in the rear-view mirror."
Asked whether he is now eyeing a presidential run four years from now, the nationally prominent Republican governor said: "I've got a job do here in New Jersey. This is who I am. I love this job."
Christie was the first governor to endorse Romney and raised millions for him during the campaign. He faces his own gubernatorial re-election campaign next year, but hasn't said whether he intends to seek a second term.
Christie's warm words and friendly embrace of President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the state last week angered conservatives, who wondered aloud where his loyalties were. Obama and Christie visited Atlantic City the day after the storm, which left 2.7 million customers in the state without power and numerous homes damaged or destroyed, displacing thousands. About 360,000 customers remained in the dark Wednesday.
The first-term governor has been complimentary of both the federal response to the storm and the chief executive leading it.
"I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time," Christie said Wednesday after visiting a volunteer fire department on Long Beach Island, which is still under a mandatory evacuation order. "If the president of the United States did something good, I'm going to say he did something good.