03/21/2013 08:39 pm ET

Chris Christie 2016? Ellen Gallagher, Manasquan, New Jersey 3rd Grader, Asks If He's Running (VIDEO)

A little more than four months removed from the 2012 election, speculation has continued to swirl about the possibility of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) running for president.

An inquisitive third grader became the latest to join the conversation on Thursday. At a town hall in Manasquan, New Jersey, Ellen Gallagher asked Christie if a 2016 bid was in the cards.

"You've done a great job here in New Jersey and I was wondering if you were thinking about running for president," the girl said in footage obtained by News 12.

The question drew immediate laughter from the child and applause from the crowd. Christie cracked a smile, and quipped "do you work for MSNBC?", before telling the girl that he was focused on his job as New Jersey governor right now.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Christie was doing just that on Thursday. Manasquan is a Jersey Shore borough ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, and the gathering addressed how residents should rebuild in light of the storm.

Back in January, Christie was emphatic to the Star-Ledger that if he chose to run in 2016, he would be more ready. But he also stressed that his current focus was on a 2013 reelection bid for the role of New Jersey governor -- a commitment that would bump into the next election cycle.

"Life is life; you never know what it’s going to confront you with," he told the paper in January. "But I’m asking for four years and I intend to serve four years."



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