Will Chris Christie run for president in 2016?

Will Chris Christie run for president in 2016?

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Gov. Chris Christie (R - New Jersey) Gov. Chris Christie (R - New Jersey)
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

The Presidential election is still three years away, but there's already a lot of talk about who could be in the race for the White House.

On the Democratic side, it's widely expected that Hillary Clinton will run.  Clinton has been keeping a low profile since resigning as Secretary of State a few months ago.

On the Republican side, a lot of people expect New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run.  On Thursday, Christie was in Arizona for the Republican Governor's Association meeting, as well as another surprise guest who showed up.

A surprise, safely away from reporters.  Former President George W. Bush made a private visit to the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale to meet with Republican governors, offering words of encouragement at the invitation of Christie -- a rising GOP star and maybe a future presidential candidate, but don't call him that.

One of the very first things Christie said as he walked in with three other GOP governors: I'm not here to talk about 2016.

"My job is to elect and reelect Republican governors and that is going to be my sole focus over the next 11 months," he said.

Christie was just elected chairman of the governor's group.  His opinion is important.  One very specific question he was asked Thursday: Does he support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants? Yes or No?

"By the way it is very helpful you suggest how we answer the question too. I really appreciate that.  Listen, the fact is we have a broken immigration system and it needs to be fixed and how it needs to be fixed will be determined by the national leaders in this country, starting with the president and the leaders in the Congress to sit down and come to a solution."

So, was that a yes or a no?

"Yeah, well, I don't have to answer the question the way you want me to," replied Christie.

That's vintage Chris Christie.  You may like it, you may not, but get ready to see a lot more of it.

30 states have Republican governors.  They offered up a steady drumbeat of criticism of Congress, including Republicans there and they dumped on the federal government in general, and of course, President Obama in particular.  Themes which will continue straight through election day next year and beyond.

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