Chris Christie is playing it cool.
The popular governor of New Jersey is keeping his political plans to himself as a growing army of pundits and political strategists raise expectations that he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Christie won a huge re-election victory a week ago, and he made the rounds of talk shows Sunday to stay in the spotlight, without saying very much. This is probably wise in political terms because the more he says, the more his critics will pounce, and his supporters believe he has plenty of time to make his case.
Christie refused to give specifics on many of his views, and said he's not ready to announce his plans for 2016. "What I'm interested in doing is being the governor of New Jersey," he told "Fox News Sunday."
"The fact is we've got a lot of things to do, a lot of things to focus on, and I know everybody's going to be speculating on what may come in my future and lots of other people's future in our party."
He made a similar point on ABC. Asked if he would serve out his second term as governor, Christie replied, "Who knows? I don't know."
He added: "I'm going to continue to do my job and finish the job. But everybody who is trying to figure out what life is going to bring you a few years from now – I didn't expect to be sitting here four years ago. Nobody can make those predictions."
He did say that he was looking forward to his upcoming stint in charge of the Republican Governors Association, which will give him a national platform.
If Christie runs for president, he would likely enter a crowded field in which there is no clear frontrunner. But four of the last six presidents have been governors – Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush. And Americans give higher approval to their governors, in general, than they do to politicians in Washington.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at email@example.com and on Facebook and Twitter.