Christie on 2016: "The Game Hasn't Even Come Close To Beginning"

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MATT LAUER: But in the big picture, Governor, there was a time where when people talked about 2016, all the buzz on the Republican side was about you. Is it possible that while you were dealing -- I don't want to call them distractions because that makes them sound trivial -- with the serious issue of Bridgegate back in New Jersey that your moment passed?

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: I don't know. And neither do you. We'll see. I tell you this much, I have been the front runner before. It's a place with a bulls eye on your back and everybody is shooting at you. That's okay. I'm fine with exactly where I am right now because i haven't changed. Because all that other stuff is artificial until the game really begins. The game hasn't come close to beginning...

I think a governor is going to be the nominee, a governor or a former governor, because I believe that our party and our country need someone who's actually run something. And while I have great respect for a number of those folks, I don't believe that we've done well with the experiment of a one-term U.S. senator being president of the United States...

Mrs. Clinton's going to have to perform so she's going to have to earn the nomination. Nobody is handed these things. This is the nomination for president of the United States, you have got to earn it. You got to earn it and you got to perform. People are tough on us.

She was a forgone conclusion in 2007, Matt. So was Rudy Giuliani, a forgone conclusion in 2007. You know we've had lots of forgone conclusions in American politics.

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