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Chris Christie: I'd rather die than be in the Senate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a news conference at Bristol-Myers Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University October 07, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Chris Christie's life after serving his second term as New Jersey's governor may include a Republican presidential bid, but it definitely won't include a run for U.S. Senate.

"When I say I'm never running for public office in New Jersey again, I mean: I'm never running for public office in New Jersey again. The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate, and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate," Christie said, adding emphasis on the words, "I would rather die."

"I would be bored to death," he continued. "Could you imagine me, banging around that chamber with 99 other people, asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it. It would be over, everybody. You'd watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown. That would be it."

Christie was speaking at the annual conference of the New Jersey NAACP Saturday, the first time he addressed the group in five years.

Near the end of his remarks - in which he defended his record with specific emphasis on laws he signed that had the group's support - he began to reflect on his remaining three years as governor.

"It's time to put touchdowns in the end zone. We've done a lot of them over the course of the last five years and there's more for us to do. But in the end, I am never running for office in New Jersey again," he said.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.