New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, though he’s only been in office for two years, has earned the admiration of a great number of Republicans across America. The first-term governor disappointed many of his fans late last year when he declined to run for the U.S. presidency. In an interview that aired on Sunday evening on OWN, Christie opened up to Oprah about 2016 presidential plans, his family, his weight and plenty more.
When it comes to a run in 2016, the governor told the queen of talk that it is dependent upon what happens during this year’s presidential race. Additionally, he talked about his own political experience and claimed that another four years would afford him more time to prepare for such a prospect.
“There’s nothing more unattractive than getting there and feeling like you’re not ready,” he said. “The worst feeling in the world would be to walk into the Oval Office on Jan. 20, 2013 … and say, ‘Oh man, now what do I do?'”
“I’ll be much more ready four years from now than I am now,” he said.
In addressing chatter last year surrounding whether or not he was weighing presidential prospects, he said, “The needle never moved from ‘no’ to ‘yes.'” However, he did explain that the influx of individuals who asked him to run made him briefly consider all of his options.
In the end, an internal compass of sorts told him that running for the presidency wasn’t in the best interest of the nation — or himself, for that matter. He told Oprah that he enjoys his job as governor and that he worked hard to secure it.
Watch him discuss these issues, below:
In another portion of the interview, Oprah asked Christie what his advice would be for President Obama. Rather than delving into 2012 campaign advice, Christie talked about what his guidance for the president would have been one year ago. He also differentiated between what it means to be loved versus respected:
A more humorous portion of the interview unfolded when Christie told Oprah that he and his wife once broke into the dining hall at the University of Delaware to steal some doughnuts.
Watch a WTXF-TV report that highlights this portion of the interview, below:
You can watch more clips from Oprah’s interview with Christie here.
(H/T: USA Today)