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The New Jersey governor talked politics in an interview on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” that aired early Wednesday morning.

The host asked the Republican whether he might run for the White House - a question that’s been asked a lot in recent months as Mr. Christie has become a major attraction on the campaign trail across the country.

He said there’s “no chance” he would run in 2012 and that he’s not interested in running for vice president, either.

Mr. Fallon asked him whether Mrs. Palin could do it.

Mr. Christie responded, to some audience chuckles: “Be vice president?”

Mr. Fallon clarified that he meant president.

Mr. Christie didn’t exactly endorse her. “It’s a crazy world,” he said.

Mr. Christie, who is a regular on news talk shows but hadn’t appeared on any comedic talk shows, was invited after he and Mr. Fallon exchanged barbs on Twitter.

It began when Mr. Fallon joked about Mr. Christie killing a plan to build a rail tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey. Mr. Fallon said the only way people will get to the Garden State will remain “by accident.”

When he repeated the line on the show, Mr. Christie gave him a hard stare, then deadpanned a joke of his own, evoking his state’s gangster image: “You think it’s funny, Jimmy? You know what we do to people like that in New Jersey, Jimmy?”

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Feds set aside ‘critical habitat’

The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a “critical habitat” for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

The total, which includes large areas of sea ice off the Alaska coast, is about 13,000 square miles, or 8.3 million acres, less than in a preliminary plan released last year.

Tom Strickland, assistant interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, said the designation would help polar bears stave off extinction, recognizing that the greatest threat is the melting of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change.

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