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Chris Christie On 2016: 'Yeah, You're Damn Right I'd Be More Ready'

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie smiles as he answers a question during an interview in his office
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie smiles as he answers a question during an interview in his office at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. The first-term Republican has earned nearly universal praise for his handling of Superstorm Sandy, the state's worst natural disaster. But some within his own party called him out for embracing the Democratic president and hurling angry words at a fellow Republican. Christie says the storm and its aftermath should transcend politics. He says he praised the president because Obama was on the front lines helping New Jersey and he called out the speaker after 66 days had elapsed without Congress acting on the aid package. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) sounded confident about a possible 2016 run for president in a wide-ranging interview published Sunday in the Newark Star-Ledger.

"Yeah, you’re damn right I’d be more ready," Christie said when asked if he would be more prepared after many top Republicans told him to run in 2012. He declined to run and endorsed Mitt Romney for president. His speech at the convention in Tampa, Fla., was criticized for being too self-serving and not complimentary enough toward the former Massachusetts governor.

"Life is life; you never know what it’s going to confront you with," he said to the Star-Ledger of 2016. "But I’m asking for four years and I intend to serve four years," he said, referring to his 2013 reelection bid, which would run into a possible presidential term.

The governor blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Wednesday for not holding a vote on superstorm Sandy aid. Congress passed an initial round of aid Friday. The governor said to the Star-Ledger that he had a "better next day" with the speaker Sunday.

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