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Chris Christie Dismisses 2016 Speculation, Calls On GOP To 'Show Up'

11/10/2013 10:40 am ET | Updated Nov 11, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dismissed speculation that he is gearing up for a presidential bid, insisting that he is focused on governing the Garden State.

“What I’m interested in doing is being the governor of New Jersey," Christie said on "Fox News Sunday."

“The fact is we’ve got a lot of things to do, a lot of things to focus on,and I know everybody’s going to be speculating on what may come on my future and lots of other people’s future in our party," he continued. "But the fact is: I’m focused on being the governor of New Jersey and being the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.. I think those two jobs will keep me pretty busy over the next year."

However, in a separate interview with ABC's "This Week," Christie said he didn't know whether he would be completing the full four years of his second term as governor.

"Listen, who knows," Christie said. "I don't know. I'm going to continue to do my job and finish the job. But everybody who is trying to figure out what life is going to bring you a few years from now, I didn't expect to be sitting here four years ago.. So, nobody can make those predictions."

He also said his Republican Party needs to "show up" in places that aren't traditional GOP strongholds such as Hispanic and black communities if it wants to expand its reach.

Christie was appearing on four Sunday news shows as speculation runs high about whether he will run for president in 2016.

He won re-election Tuesday by a 22-percentage point win and better-than-average showings among minorities.

Some in the GOP are looking to his strategy as one that could give Republicans their first presidential victory since the 2004 election.

Exit polls say Christie won 50 percent of Hispanic votes and 21 percent of black votes.

Christie tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Republicans should explain to minority neighborhoods why GOP policies are better.

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