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Few hints about '12 bid as Christie stumps for Jindal

BATON ROUGE, La. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned a small crowd gathered Thursday evening in a hangar at the Baton Rouge Airport that he would be “watching from New Jersey” for voters to re-elect Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this fall.

But working the rope line after the event, the New Jersey Republican ignored multiple questions from reporters about a potential bid for the White House, the subject of much speculation after his speech Tuesday at the Reagan presidential library in California.

Still, on Thursday, Christie did more than simply voice his support for the governor of the Bayou State. “If it were, you know, up to Bobby and I, we could focus all our time right here in our own states here in Louisiana and New Jersey,” Christie said. “But we can’t do that, because America needs to get better too.”

And at times he sounded like some of the Republicans now on the presidential campaign trail. “If you’re looking for leadership in America, you know you’re not going to find it in the Oval Office,” he said.

The event was billed as welcome rally for Christie – who later in the evening joined Jindal again for a fundraiser at a private home, with tickets going for as much as $100,000.

At the airport, Christie ended with a warning to Louisiana voters.

He said, “I expect a huge win for Bobby Jindal on election night, and if I don’t get it, if I don’t get it, you don't want me coming back here with a little Jersey attitude on me. You’re going to have a problem if that happens."