Chris Christie: I’m staying unless I leave

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands in the Statehouse rotunda for today's announcement (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands in the Statehouse rotunda for today's announcement (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

When Governor Christie’s office sent out an advisory that he would make a news announcement at the New Jersey Statehouse, there was speculation he might announce he was leaving for a job in the Trump administration. That didn’t happen.

Christie says he’s not going anywhere and will complete the final 13 months of his term as governor.

“For those of you who would be distraught over the idea that I would leave before January 18th of 2018, no reason for you to be distraught. I’m not leaving. For those of you who would be looking forward to me leaving before January 18th of 2018, sorry to disappoint you but I’m not going to.”

If he were going to the Trump administration, Christie says he would not have made that announcement by himself at the Statehouse without the President-elect being with him.

Even though he plans to finish his term, Christie says if something extraordinary happens in the world and his services are needed, he would consider any requests that are made.

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