MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — He’s not a presidential candidate yet, but he acted like one in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed an income cap on Social Security benefits, one of several so-called “entitlement” reforms he supports.

In a speech at St. Anselm College in Manchester, he said it’s time for America to get its financial house in order.

“If we don’t get our finances in order, ladies and gentlemen, as a country, our long-term decline will inevitably be the fate of the generation that is seated behind me,” Christie said.

Christie told a small but packed room at the New Hampshire Institute For Politics that he won’t pander when it comes to tackling issues like Social Security, a system he called out of control.

He said he’d raise the age to collect full benefits to 69. Does that mean he’s testing the waters for a presidential run?

“There’s three questions to answer. Is it right for me, is it right for my family, is it right for the country?” Christie said. “If you answer yes to all three of those questions, then you run.”

He said he is not laying the groundwork for a possible run right now, and will make a decision in late May or early June.

“If I do well up here and I decide to run for president, then I would hope it’s some groundwork but you’ve got to make the decision,” he said.

Christie also grabbed lunch at a pizza shop on Main Street.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports: 

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