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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Trenton, N.J., after he announced he will allow the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana despite his concern over whether federal authorities could prosecute state regulators. New Jersey legalized marijuana for patients with certain conditions days before Christie took office in January 2010, but implementation has been delayed as the state has labored over regulatory details.

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the co-founder of The Home Depot and other Republican donors he met with Tuesday didn't persuade him to run for president.

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Billionaire businessman Ken Langone is the latest to court Christie for a White House run. The first-term governor and GOP favorite continues to be talked about as a possible challenger to President Barack Obama, but his answer has consistently been "no."

Christie met with Langone and the others in Manhattan. Afterward, the governor said: "I said nothing different to him today than I've said to other folks in the past."

This spring, a group of Iowa donors visited New Jersey to try to persuade Christie to run.

Christie has hosted sit-downs with some in the Republican field including Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.