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Christie's office denies he's conducting focus group for WH bid

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office shot down news -- reported by Newsweek’s Bloomberg’s Jonathan Alter -- that the governor is conducting focus groups in preparation of a possible White House bid.

"It's absolutely not true," Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella told First Read.

What is true, however, is that some members of the Republican establishment -- like Karl Rove -- are unsatisfied with a GOP presidential field consisting of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann.

That's why the buzz around Christie and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has grown a little bit louder in recent days. There's an opening for another Republican to get into the race. The question -- about five months until the Iowa caucuses -- is whether it's too late.