After a story minted for the Republican establishment shot through the mostly bored elite political class, NBC’s First Read got this from Gov. Christie:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) office shot down news — reported by Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter — that the governor is conducting focus groups in preparation of a possible White House bid.

“It’s absolutely not true,” Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella told First Read.

Note to Mike Murray, Alter is now with Bloomberg View.