(Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he met with Kenneth Langone, co-founder of Home Depot Inc., who tried to convince him to run for president.
â€œIâ€™ve known Ken a long timeâ€ and consider him a friend, Christie told reporters today in Trenton. He said the meeting with Langone, a Republican, was â€œno different from a lot of meetingsâ€ heâ€™s had with people urging him to run against President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in 2012. He declined to say who else, if anyone, was at the meeting.
â€œThere are some people who believe that I should leave this job and go for another one,â€ said Christie, a first-term Republican. â€œIâ€™m always willing to sit and listen to folks who want to make that argument to me, but I said nothing different to him today than Iâ€™ve said to other folks in the past.â€
Christie, 48, has become a rising national star in the Republican Party after he cut $10 billion in spending on schools, pensions and local aid in his first budget. He has said repeatedly that has no plans to run for president next year.
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