Chris Christie Steers Clear Of Presidential Talk In Louisiana: It’s Been ‘A Really Special Week For Me’

Sep 29, 2011 8:21pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

At his second and last public event of his four-day fundraising swing across the country, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a crowd in Louisiana on Thursday that it has been a “really special week.”

“I’ve had a slow week,” Christie joked. “I’ve been very low key. You haven’t seen me around at all.”

As he contemplates whether to jump into the 2012 presidential race, Christie appeared at a rally in Baton Rouge to support Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s re-election effort.

He referred to his speech on Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California where several members of the audience begged him to run. He did not mention those who offered up their pleas, but he did fondly recall the time he spent that night with Nancy Reagan. Christie called her “a woman who continues to be inspirational.”

Less inspirational, Christie said on Thursday, is President Barack Obama.

“If you’re looking for leadership in America, you know you’re not going to find it in the Oval Office,” Christie said. “You’re finding leadership in America in the statehouses — with 29 Republican governors — in the statehouses across America.” He continued, “We’re the ones who are making the difference. We’re the ones who are telling you the truth.”

“We now have people across this country,” Christie said, ” who are trying to tell us that the only way life can get better for folks — especially folks now who are struggling and suffering through this difficult economy — is to take things away from people who have been successful and redistribute them to those who are hurting. That’s not the America I believe in.”

“We’re not going to put up with anybody — anybody in any state or across this country who’s going to try to divide America in order to win political races,” Christie said. ”Our job is to speak out for uniting America.”

Without naming names, Christie assailed those who are “demonizing successful people in America.”

“We now have people across this country,” Christie said, “who are trying to tell us that the only way life can get better for folks — especially folks now who are struggling and suffering through this difficult economy — is to take things away from people who have been successful and redistribute them to those who are hurting. That’s not the America I believe in.”

Of Jindal, who recently endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president, Christie said, “I’m proud to call him my friend. He is a great, great governor.”

He said he expects a “huge win” for Jindal on Election Day — Oct. 22 in Louisiana.

“And if I don’t get it, he said, “you don’t want me coming back with a little Jersey attitude,”

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