Christie Texts Ohio Governor Regularly About 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been exchanging text messages about political speculation involving the 2016 presidential race, but the Ohio Republican said he’s focused on his current job and is not thinking about “other hills to climb.”

Kasich says Christie, another prospective GOP contender in 2016, texted him about a Thursday story by Politico. The story labeled Kasich’s work since taking office in 2010 as a “blueprint for success.” The article said Republican leaders could seriously consider Kasich as a presidential candidate or running mate if he wins re-election solidly next year.

Kasich responded that he hadn’t read the story.