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Chris Christie Not Running for President

Updated at 1:21 pm ET

Chris Christie today announced that he has decided against a bid for the presidency.

Speaking at a news conference in Trenton, Christie cast the decision as a duty to maintain his commitment to the people of New Jersey.

In the end, what I’ve always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. Now is not my time. I have a commitment to the people of New Jersey that I simply will not abandon. People sent me to Trenton to get a job done, and I’m just not prepared to walk away.

Christie has long agonized that he may not be ready to be president.

His straight-shooting, tough talking persona would have made a stunning contrast with Republican front runner Mitt Romeny and with President Obama if Christie had captured the nomination.

But Republicans have tended to swoon over their candidates and then become disenchanted, and Christie’s style might easily have worn thin as the campaign ground on. And many GOP primary and caucus voters might have become disenchanted when they discovered some of his positions, such as his statement that “it’s time to defer to the experts” who believe man-made global warming is real, his comments supportive of illegal immigrants, and so forth.

Christie had insisted for months, sometimes in colorful terms, that he was a no-go, issuing statements like this one in Washington this past February.

What do I have to do short of suicide to convince people I’m not running? You have to believe in your heart soul and mind that you’re ready. And I don’t believe that in myself right now.

But with Rick Perry stumbling, attention went back to Christie, as Republicans seeking a credible challenger to Mitt Romney implored him to reconsider.

It now looks as if the Republican field is set unless Sarah Palin finally makes a decision. She had said she would decide by the end of September, but has push that back to November.

Palin’s unserious approach and lack of strong support among Republicans means that the money people who have been on the sidelines will not wait for her.

A lot of cash will now start flowing to Romney, viewed by many as the safe choice. Perry and Herman Cain also should see some filling of their coffers, especially if Perry rebounds and Cain continues his recent surge. The second-tier candidates will increasingly be marginalized.

18 Responses to Chris Christie Not Running for President

    • Same here. While many admire GovChristie’s actions as the Gov of one of the bluest states, no one has wished he would join the campaign for the President’s job.

    • I agree- NJ elected him–let him do what he said he would. That alone would be refreshing with these people. Anyhow, I was not in the mood to defend his size or hear all about it ad nauseam.

  1. Conservative voters don’t swoon over candidates. We have a tendency to vet them before we throw our support behind them. Christie would have been thoroughly vetted and he would have come up short on many conservative values. Wish the Democrats would vet their candidates like we conservatives do.

  2. I’m glad he’s not running and agree with your analysis Keith. He’s good for NJ but not America in my opinion.

    I think I’m going to jump on the Cain train! All aboard!!

  3. I was very disappointed by Cain’s telling that he should have responded to the booing of the gay soldier. I wish that he had instead said, “I did not respond because they didn’t boo the soldier, two out of 5,000 people booed his question.”

    I also don’t like his (cheapening) shots at Perry about a stupid rock.

    Very, very disappointed. I am not sure he can recover my admiration, because he stooped to the level of the fools, making himself also like them.

  4. The crop we have is a sorry lot indeed-it is sad.

    I was hoping West would run but I guess not-a lot of folks out there seem to talk a lot and get people fired up but not put their $ where there mouth is

    You are right on with calling Palin unserious-what a perfect way to describe her-it pretty much says it all doesn’t it?

  5. Hi Keith! What with all of the goings-on of late, I believe a sneaky shoe-in of a candidate and victor at the election on the Republican side is now Newt Gingrich. His excellent past and newest contract with America are the flares of authority we, both as a nation and a country, have dearly missed and add this to all of the clever distractions {I believe are quite planned by the Republican party with an unwitting while just as involved lame-stream media}, he should be able to almost cake-walk his way to the White House!

    Curtis Sulaski