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Christie gives no clues about presidential intentions

Asbury Park Press/AP

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) didn't lead on Sunday as to whether he'd run for president as he reviewed the National Guard in a stop in Sea Girt, N.J.

SEA GIRT, N.J. -- On a bright, clear day along the Jersey Shore, Gov. Chris Christie seemed to enjoy reviewing the National Guard here, one of his duties as New Jersey's commander in chief, but shed no light on whether he planned to seek the role of the nation's top commander.

Instead, after pinning on medals and riding in the back of an open Humvee to review several units scattered across the parade grounds, he gave a five-minute, wholly apolitical speech, in which he thanked the service members and their families for the sacrifices they have endured, and told them it was an honor to serve with them.

He also pointed out the New Jersey guard's exemplary service during Hurricane Irene. Christie accepted two gifts from the Guard -- a statuette commemorating his leadership during Irene, and a howitzer shell.

Despite shouted questions from the media during his departure, Christie chose not to answer whether he was running for president.