New Jersey Governor
Chris Christie Says No to Presidential Bid
October 5, 2011
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made it official, he will not be
a presidential candidate in 2012. Christie’s announcement put to an end
weeks of speculation about whether the popular conservative governor
would join the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces that he will not run for president
in 2012, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.
Christie’s potential candidacy had excited some Republicans who are not
happy with the current crop of presidential contenders.
Christie said he thought long and hard about joining the race after
being urged to do so by what he called “serious people” in the
Republican Party as well as average Americans. “I have explored the
options, listened to so many people and considered whether this was
something that I needed to take on. But in the end, what I have always
felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. Now is not
my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not
abandon," he said.
Christie’s decision not to join the 2012 presidential field follows a
new poll that shows support for Texas Governor Rick Perry dropping.
Perry had led the field in recent weeks, but has been hurt by some poor
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll found former Massachusetts
governor Mitt Romney back on top with 25 percent, followed by Perry and
Georgia businessman Herman Cain tied for second at 16 percent each.
Cain is the only African-American in the Republican field and has become
a surprise contender in recent weeks, winning some straw polls, or test
votes and increasing his visibility. “Two months ago my name ID
[identification] was 21 percent. Today my name ID based upon the last
Gallup Poll is about 51 percent," he said.
Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich placed fifth in the latest poll
and says the rise of the little-known Herman Cain has excited
conservative voters looking for a fresh face in 2012. “It is a wide open
race. The one thing that Herman Cain has proven is that it is not a
Perry-Romney race," he said.
With Perry dropping in the polls and Christie out of the running, Mitt
Romney appears to be solidifying his position as once again the
frontrunner in the Republican field.
Romney continues to focus on President Obama, as he did during a recent
town hall appearance in the state of New Hampshire. “I have a hard time
understanding how it is he lays the blame for what is happening in
America on the American people. It is not that we have become soft or
unable to get up and run. It is that he is on our shoulders and he is
too heavy. We want to get him off our shoulders so we can run again," he
The real battle for the Republican nomination may get underway earlier
than anyone had imagined.
recent decision to move up the date of its presidential primary vote to
late January is likely to push other states to hold caucuses and
primaries earlier to select the nominee. The state of South Carolina
this week moved its primary date to mid-January.
Alexander Burns of online publication Politico says that voting for a
Republican nominee is likely to begin in early January. “And it forces
states like South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire to go ever closer to
New Year’s. That really cuts the amount of time that candidates have to
campaign before the voting starts," he said.
The latest twists and turns in the Republican race come as President
Barack Obama battles low approval ratings. Mr. Obama told ABC News this
week that he is now the underdog in next year’s campaign, given the weak
state of the U.S. economy.