In a long response to a short question about whether he realized he could win the Republican nomination for president, Gov. Christie told this to National Review Online:
Yes. Believe me, I’ve been interested in politics my whole life. I see the opportunity. But I just don’t believe that’s why you run. Like I said at AEI, I have people calling me and saying to me, “Let me explain to you how you could win.” And I’m like, “You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.” That’s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, “Geez, it might be too hard. I don’t think I can win.” I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity.
This is far more than Christie has ever said about the 2012 presidential race. Is all the buzz about his non-existent campaign starting to have some sort of effect?
Read the full quote, here.