Christie Says No, but Plans Next Move

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The Republican candidates for president in 2012 have let go a sigh of relief as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he won’t take the plunge. Absent a late entry by Sarah Palin, the field is set, but quickly changing. This doesn’t mean Christie’s ambitions are limited to his state. In his announcement, he left open the possibilities of being vice president, not running for re-election in 2013, and running for president in the future.

“It didn’t feel right in my gut,” said Governor Christie on Tuesday. He couldn’t get himself to leave his job unfinished in New Jersey, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t planning on having a big future. “Now is not my time,” he said, leaving the door open to being vice president or president.

“I’m not going to preclude any employment in the future,” Christie stated. He ducked a question about being the 2012 nominee’s running mate, saying, “I just don’t think I have the personality to be asked.”

In several ways, being the 2012 vice presidential candidate would be ideal for Christie. The N.J. legislative elections are this November, potentially allowing Christie to advance his agenda at accelerated speed. By the time of the Republican National Convention on August 12, 2012, he can safely argue that he is satisfied with what he has achieved in N.J. and has the necessary experience to be commander-in-chief if need be. By being the vice presidential nominee, he stops another running mate from coming to the forefront in 2016 if President Obama is re-elected. It also leaves the option open of seeking re-election or not, depending on the outcome of the race, and gives him experience in running a national campaign.

Christie knows he will be on any nominee’s short-list as a running mate. He is an incredible attack dog and will fire up the base. He is immensely popular and would be a dynamic fundraiser. He has a remarkable record of bi-partisanship, as his close friendship with Democratic Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, shows. The two have productively worked together and talk nearly every day. Some mayors in Hudson County, a Democratic bastion, openly praise him. Union City Mayor Brian Stack, a Democrat, calls him the best governor in the history of the state.

The major disadvantage in picking Christie is that he isn’t from a battleground state and he isn’t a minority. For those reasons, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Congressman Allen West, Herman Cain and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell are strong competitors. However, it is possible that by picking Christie, President Obama will be forced to spend time and money in a state he should have locked up. It is also possible that Christie’s popularity in N.J. could have some impact on Pennsylvania, a battleground state where 51% say Obama doesn’t deserve re-election and only 43% approve of his performance.

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  • maturin20

    My lips are wet with anticipation for the next debate.

  • cedarhill

    Christie is wrong on climate change and the fraud that goes with it. That makes Christie wrong on energy which makes him wrong on agriculture, transportation, environment, food, heating, air conditioning, iPhones, highways, public transportation, and just about everything else except unions – especially the barking mad teachers unions.

    Which, simply, makes Christie wrong for the US. He'd be great as Education Secretary or Teachers Union Secretary or the Prime Minister of the UK. For the US? Nada.

    Energy is life. Cheap energy is prosperity. Christie is against all of it.

    • van

      Hammer meets nail on head, Great Summary of the matter, cedarhill!

  • StephenD

    Good. Maybe over these next couple of years someone can educate him on the very real problem with the political Islamic agenda and perhaps he won't pass it off so cavalierly as he has to date. He, not knowing the reality of their goals, becomes dangerous to those of us that otherwise would have supported him.
    It is time for Newt Gingrich to show the world what a true Statesman he is.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      My main concern with Gingrich so far is he has dodged the issue and avoided like the plague the question of what to do with the illegal immigrants already living here in America. In one of the debates when Gingrich, Santorum, and Bachman were all asked that question they all dodged the question by claiming that it was premature to answer that question until after the borders have been sealed, which is a major cop out. Hence, if it is premature for them to state their positions on what is one of the most volatile and contentious issues in the past 10 years, then it is premature for me to even consider voting for them. So for the only candidate in the field that has publicly stated their position on what to do with illegal immigrants already living in America is Romney, as he has unequivocally stated that there will be no amnesty for illegal immigrants under any circumstances if he is elected president.

      • StephenD

        I'm not convinced the question should even be raised unless and until the borders are secure. Saying they'll deport them and leave the border open is shoveling sh*t against the tide. Should any of them suggest securing the border not be a priority then I have a real problem with that candidate. To my mind, the real question when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration is who among them will make it priority one to secure the border? After that, you can talk about how to get the rest out of OUR country. We waste our breath until there is a clear and protected border.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          So in your opinion, after the border fence is built and the borders are deemed secure, it doesn't really matter to you either way if the 22 million illegal immigrants that Mexico claims lives in America illegally receive amnesty or not? I can tell you one thing, if a pathway is created to provide these illegal immigrants a back door amnesty, the magnet it will create will not be stopped by building a security fence or by flooding the borders with thousands of national guardsmen.

          Additionally, if those illegal immigrants are provided a backdoor pathway to citizenship, i.e., amnesty, the Dhimmicrat Party will become a permanent majority party in America forever and you can write off America as it once was, as it will inevitably morph as it is already currently doing into another banana republic.

          • StephenD

            Perhaps you missed it when I wrote "After that, you can talk about how to get the rest out of OUR country."
            I'm all for enforcing the laws on the books. Illegal means ILLEGAL. First…secure the border then we'll talk.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Apparently, you are willing to vote for a candidate even before you know whether or not that candidate supports a pathway to citizenship, i.e., amnesty, on one of the biggest issues of our time. While I, on the other hand, want even consider voting for any candidate whatsoever unless I know exactly where they stand on the issues and especially on the issue of amnesty. I'm not leaving anything up to chance.

  • LindaRivera

    Anti-Free World Chris Christie has Ties to Radical Islam

    America is in desperate need of patriotic leaders! A number of articles have been written re rabidly pro-Islam Christie.

    January 17, 2011. Fan of Chris Christie? Check Out His Muslim HAMAS Judge Pick & Other Islamo-Pandering, By Debbie Schlussel

  • ObamaYoMoma

    He has a remarkable record of bi-partisanship, as his close friendship with Democratic Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker​, shows.

    Christie is a carbon copy stealth leftist like GWB who morphed the Republican Party into the second coming of the Dhimmicrat Party and as a result the Republicans lost both houses of Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008 because of a conservative backlash. Hell, the Tea Party Movement is also a product of the leftwing train wreck inflicted on the Republican Party by GWB and his ilk. Thus, Christie has about as much chance of winning the Republican Party nomination as John McCain had of winning the presidency in 2008, as his many leftwing positions would have been exposed to the light of day in the debates.

    As for as entertaining the idea of him being a vice presidential running mate goes, I wouldn't entertain the idea of voting for him if he ran for dog catcher and was the only candidate in the race, because I don't vote for leftist masquerading as Republicans, and I certainly won't support any candidate that makes him their running mate.

    Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani won't fair any better than Gov. Rick Perry because their Achilles heel is the same: they are both weak on illegal immigration, as they are both supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., pathways to amnesty for illegal immigrants.

  • BLJ

    Good riddance. One more less RINO to worry about.

  • Asher

    Chris Christie told us he wasn't ready to be President, so let the guy serve out his term as governor. I also think his ties to Islam would have created huge problems for him, had he decided to get into the Presidential Race. We will not replace the U.S. Constitution with Sharia Law…No Way!