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Did Chris Christie Just Announce He's Running for President in 2016?

By November 8, 2013

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Republican Chris Christie coasted to victory in Tuesday's election for New Jersey governor, and afterward he sounded less like the Garden State's top executive and more like a candidate for president in the 2016 election.

Did Christie tip his hand?

Check out what he had to say in his victory speech, and tell us what you think.

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Instead of focusing on Jersey issues, Christie chose to take several shots at President Barack Obama and leaders in Congress, who are now more unpopular than ever.

"I know that tonight, a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, 'Is what I think (is) really happening? Are people really coming together? Are we really working, African American, Hispanics, suburbanites and city dwellers, farmers and teachers. Are we really all working together?'

"If we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now."

Christie's message is certain to resonate far and wide with a public that is growing increasingly frustrated that Congress cannot solve America's most pressing problems.

If you're wondering why Christie would be trying to appeal to a national, and not just statewide, audience, wonder no more.

As Republican strategist Alex Castellanos told CNN about Christie's remarks: "That wasn't an acceptance speech. That was an announcement speech."

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