WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie admits it would be “stressful” if he ran against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2016.
“It’d be stressful because I consider Jeb a friend,” Christie told New Jersey 101.5 FM during the “Ask The Governor” radio show Tuesday. “And he’s been a wonderful friend to me, especially during Sandy and the aftermath. You like to run against people that you don’t like, not run against people that you do like and respect.”
Christie believes the former Florida governor has yet to make a decision about a potential run for the White House.
“I take Jeb at his word, which is he hasn’t made a decision about what he wants to do, and that it’s an intensely personal decision,” Christie told the radio station. “I agree with that. He said he has to determine whether he has the fire in his belly to do this.”
Speaking before the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Monday, House Speaker John Boehner said he has “nudged” Bush to seek the Republican presidential nomination.
“Jeb Bush is my friend. I think he’d make a great president. I’ve nudged him for some time,” Boehner said.
Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas have been mentioned as possible presidential candidates along with a number of GOP governors.
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