Chris Christie will not be among the 2012 GOP contenders:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided against entering the race for president, likely ending once and for all the GOP establishment’s hope for a new candidate in the 2012 race.
Christie has scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference in his state’s capital, where he’s expected to announce that he will not seek the presidency. Two sources said he has started informing people of his decision in advance of his Trenton press conference.
“He is not running,” said a fundraiser informed of the decision. “Mary Pat and the gov just called tier one [donor] group to say he was out.”
I’ve always loved how Christie deals with public unions and state budget issues, but outside that I don’t think he would have been “my guy” anyway. I’ve heard him say too many things that triggered my RINO radar.
He’ll probably be back in 2016 though — or sooner if the nominee considers him running-mate material.