- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s best chance to win the presidency, and he wouldn’t rule out another run for the White House himself.

Christie, speaking on a Trenton-area radio call-in show, reiterated his support of the billionaire businessman he endorsed last week. But the two-term Republican governor also said he developed a lot of good relationships in New Hampshire and believes he was the best person to be president.

When asked if he would ever run again, Christie responded: “I love my country. I love serving. I think I have a lot to bring to the table but you know who knows? I don’t foresee it, but I would never sit here today and say absolutely not.”

Christie also defended his endorsement of Trump during the radio interview on 101.5-FM in Ewing. He said Trump is the best of the remaining GOP candidates to beat the Democratic front-runner.

“I’ve known him personally for 14 years, and I believe he is the best person to beat Hillary Clinton,” Christie said of the Republican front-runner Trump. “Obviously I don’t think he’s the best person because I thought I was, but (best) of the people left on that stage.”

Christie also declined to say whether he would consider a Cabinet or vice presidential position in a possible Trump White House.

When pressed about his prior disagreements with Trump on the campaign trail, though, Christie pointed out George H.W. Bush disagreed with Ronald Reagan before joining the ticket.

Christie, back in New Jersey after dropping out of the presidential race after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire, addressed the transportation trust fund and Atlantic City financial crisis, though did not break major ground.

On the transportation fund, Christie said he’s waiting for the Democrat-led Legislature to present him with its plans for funding the debt-laden account.

He also said the state would not bail out Atlantic City, which he said is about to run out of money.

The radio interview came after Christie earlier Monday refused to answer questions not related to the topic of his nomination of a state Supreme Court justice in first news conference since ending his Republican presidential campaign.


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