|Christl Leong |||Oct 14, 2014 07:58 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters / Molly Riley) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a luncheon at the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington December 7, 2011.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made it clear he won't be running for the U.S. Senate.
"I'd rather die than be in the United States Senate," the outspoken Republican said during the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) conference held last weekend.
While Christie, 51, has not signified his intentions on a possible 2016 presidential bid, he has completely ruled out the likelihood he would run for public office in the state of New Jersey ever again.
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In fact, he would rather drown in the Potomac River than seek the posts currently held by Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, the New York Post relayed.
The Republican governor attributed his aversion for the Senate to the sluggish pace the legislature has moved, saying he would have walked out while waiting for a subcommittee act on a motion for an amendment.
Although Christie's candid remarks on the Senate may have drawn laughs from the audience, some are not too happy about his appearance. Christie's attendance at the annual NAACP convention last weekend marks his first since he assumed office in 2010.
According to The Star-Ledger, some of the association's officials were outraged that the Republican governor was allowed to speak at the conference on Saturday.
Among the displeased delegates is Newark branch president Deborah Gregory, who reportedly boycotted Christie's appearance, claiming that the latter did was not worthy of being invited.
Gregory pointed out Christie's lack of effort in reaching out to any of the NAACP's branches regarding related policies, adding that to have such a person invited as keynote speaker was outrageous.
Other delegates claim Christie's projects have all been contrary to what the organization has stood for. Camden NAACP official Darnell Hardwick said the New Jersey governor had disenfranchised over 70,000 people of color when he took charge of school districts in the area last year.
Christie was invited to speak at the conference by New Jersey division president Richard Smith, who said the politician's involvement with the group was long overdue, said NAACP Camden officials Colandus Francis and Hardwick.
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