The Washington Times - November 6, 2013, 09:55AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that much like anyone in public life, he sometimes wishes he could take back things he says.

But people like knowing he will always be “genuine,” the Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper.


“They never have to wonder what I’m thinking,” said Mr. Christie, who swept to re-election in traditionally blue New Jersey late Tuesday.

Mr. Christie is expected to make a strong bid for the White House in 2016, but he will have to win over skeptical conservative voters to make it through the GOP primaries.

Mr. Christie told CNN there are aspects of the tea party that are useful, including a commitment to liberty and small government, but the movement is “perverted” when some people use the ground swell to drive their personal ambitions.

He said he will pursue an effective conservative agenda, and people can call him what they want — including a “RINO,” or “Republican in name only.”

“I don’t pay any attention to that,” he said.