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updated 3/22/2013 7:49:17 PM ET 2013-03-22T23:49:17

The New Jersey Gov. fields some tough questions from future journalists. Watch the seriously cute video!

At a town hall meeting this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got hit with a question about whether he plans to launch a White House bid in the coming years. Chances are, that doesn’t strike you as big news. How about when the question came from someone who still won’t be eligible to vote in the 2016 election?

Enter Ellen Gallagher, a third grade student from Manasquan, New Jersey.

“You’ve done a great job here in New Jersey and I was wondering if you were thinking about running for president,” she asked, before bursting into a delightful fit of laughter. Her giggles alone render the video worth watching.

Christie’s response? “Do you work for MSNBC?”

Christie segued into a response about focusing on his current responsibilities rather than plotting his political future. He reminded the young attendee that she’s got to focus on finishing third grade before she gets all wrapped up in what’s to come in fourth grade.

Christie actually had something of a warm-up act to his encounter with Gallagher. On Wednesday, he took questions from a group of kindergarteners. The students recently resumed class at Stone Harbor Elementary School, which was damaged and temporarily closed after Superstorm Sandy.

The students grilled their governor on a host of topics of interest to 5-year-olds (and let’s face it, we’d like to know this stuff too).

Does he live in a big house? Yes? How many floors?

Is Michelle Obama “enchanting”?

Where did he park his helicopter?

Take a look at the Hardball Sideshow for Chris Christie’s encounters with the younger generation.

Video: Sideshow: Christie to kindergartener: ‘Do you work for MSNBC?’

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    >>> back to "hardball." now the "sideshow." first the week with chris christie 's and new jersey younger generation. it's not unusual on whether christie will get questions on whether he'll run for president and not usually from someone who won't be able to vote in 2016 .

    >> um, you've done a great job here in new jersey, and i was wondering. if you were thinking of running for president?

    >> do you work for msnbc? i'm not thinking about running for president right now because i've got a job to do here, and i've got an obligation to all these folks. you can't worry about fourth grade until you finish third grade, you know? i can't worry about this until i do this job.

    >> earlier in the week christie took on an even younger crowd. a class of kindergartners.

    >> did you come here in a limo?

    >> no, i came here in something even better. i came in in a helicopter.

    >> whoa!

    >> it landed on your field over there. what was i doing?

    >> nothing.

    >> nothing? that's pretty usual. probably just talking, right? that's what this job is about, a lot of talking.

    >> was the president's wife enchanting?

    >> was the presidentay wife enchanting? yes, actually, she was. she's very smart and she's very nice.

    >> good hit as we say in politics. next if nothing else, georgia republican saxby chambliss leads the week with comments that leaves you thinking what's that supposed to mean? on whether he would change his position on gay marriage . chambliss says i'm not gay, so i'm not going to marry one. he is not alone in making a situation based on the his own personal situation. first former senator john kyl of arizona. in '09 he wanted to cut out the part that required employers to cover basic maternity care because it made everyone's insurance more expensive.

    >> i don't need maternity care , and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that i don't need and will make the policy more expensive.

    >> that's big thinking. anyway, a colleague of his later pointed out that kyl's morgue likely needed some services at one point and then there was the fiasco overstates affected by hurricane sandy. back in january, 67 house republicans voted against providing flood insurance for sandy victims and it turns out that 37 of them have a history of supporting aid after natural disasters when their own states were affected. missouri congressman sam graves was one of them, and here's what he said in 2011 when his state was dealing with a severe flood damage . i urge the president to approve this assistance without delay. many communities along the river have been stretched to the limit preparing for and fighting this unprecedented flood.

    >> finally oklahoma senator jim? hoff in 2006 had this to say during a debate on gay marriage again.

    >> as you see here, and i think this maybe is the most important prop that we'll have during the entire debate.

    >> my wife and i have been married 47 years. we have 20 kids and grandkids. i'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family we've never had a divorce or any kind of a homosexual relationship.

    >> so, mr. inhofe lives in a world of straight, marital perfection. la dee da , but in this statement of self-celebration had to do with the debate on same-sex marriage? it's anyone's guess. up next, we learned today that newt gingrich and rick santorum secretly wanted to form a ticket last year, never happened because they being aren't figure out who should be at the top of the ticket and who should be vice president and president. we broke it tonight. you're watching "hardball," the praise

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