After months of intense speculation and discussion, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made it official Tuesday afternoon in Trenton that he will not run for the White House in 2012, saying, “Now is not my time.”
The Republican governor finally put to rest the swirl of rumors that have permeated media circles for weeks regarding a possible bid for the White House. Party leaders have lobbied him to run for the nation’s top spot, as the list of candidates for the GOP nomination has diminished and become increasingly unimpressive.
Speaking at a packed afternoon press conference in Trenton, Christie said his commitment for now is to the people of his state. “My job here in New Jersey is my passion. I’m doing the job I love in the state I grew up in,” he said.
Christie added that he did not make the final decision not to run until late Monday evening. It was a decision that members of his staff and others were not made aware of until shortly before the press conference.
In an interesting twist, Christie shared a story about how desperate lobbying efforts had become by some constituents. For example, a few weeks ago, a farmer in Nebraska sent a FedEx package to the Christie home that was addressed to the four Christie children, imploring them to convince their father to run for president.
Additionally, Christie added that the possibility a vice presidential nomination is not completely out of the question. “I don’t think anyone would ask me,” he said, declining to comment further about the matter.
Lastly, in a final remark that has become a trademark of the Christie administration, the governor said, “Whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me.”
One blogger responded: “It’s better one state go down than the entire country!”