New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he hasn't made up his mind about running for president in two years, though he sure sounds like he's given it some thought.
"The fact is that you should beware of people in my opinion who are overanxious to make that decision before they need to," he said Wednesday at the Delivering Alpha conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor. "That would seem to indicate to me ambition over wisdom, and I don't think that's what you want in the person sitting in the Oval Office."
"I'm in no hurry to make those decisions," he added. "I have a pretty good day job as governor of New Jersey."
Considered a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Christie has faced some tough times recently.
The 2013 "Bridgegate" scandal painted him as a bully who staged a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge to punish a political enemy, though a subsequent report showed it was the governor's aides who orchestrated the event. In 2014, he's been stymied by budget difficulties triggered by pension costs.
Despite professing no interest yet in declaring his candidacy, he did address some presidential issues as well as his outspoken character.
"Be yourself. Say, 'Here's what I believe in,'" he said of his formula for addressing challenges. "Try to convince people that if what they're looking for is a candidate that they agree with 100 percent of the time, what they need to do is go home and look in the mirror."