Gov. Christie's Subtle Dig At Palin: I'm "Not Arrogant Enough" To Run For President After A Year As Governor

January 18, 2011 1:04 pm ET — Alan Pyke

Early in his Fox News Sunday interview, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went out of his way to soften his recent critique of Sarah Palin's tightly scripted and stage-managed public persona. "This isn't a criticism of her, but an observation," Christie said.

But it wasn't long before he took another thinly veiled shot at Palin's credentials. After saying for the umpteenth time that he is not running for president, Christie explained that he just doesn't feel his experience prepares him for the White House, and said it would be "arrogant" to think that a brief term as governor — even of "a big state like New Jersey" — prepares a person to lead the country.

GOV. CHRISTIE: Listen, I think that every year you have as a governor, in an executive position, in a big state like New Jersey, would make you better prepared to be president. And after one year as governor, I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor of New Jersey and seven years as the United States Attorney that I am ready to be President of the United States, so I'm not gonna run.

Fox News host Chris Wallace interpreted the answer as a shot at President Obama, but the New Jersey Governor's logic would apply more directly to Palin's biggest resume item: half a term as governor of the 47th-largest state in the union.