Translating Chris Christie


In a recurring feature, Daily Intel will take the things politicians say in their own deceptive, evasive language, run it through our sophisticated supercomputer, the Politispeak Translator 5000 — which takes up four rooms at Daily Intel headquarters and has many blinking lights, so you know it's good — and report back to you on what they really meant. In our first installment, we examine a remark by New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was in Iowa rallying Republicans for gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad last night.

After his speech, Christie insisted he wasn't planning to run for president in 2012 — even though Iowa, home to the nation's first presidential caucus, is a key destination for those with big political aspirations.

"I'm governor of New Jersey, I'm not going to run for national office," Christie told reporters. "You have to want it more than anything else in the world, and I don't. ... You have to be ready for it, and I'm not."

According to the Politispeak Translator 5000 ... bleep blurp bloop bleep ... Christie said, "I'll be ready in four years."