Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who denies any interest in a presidential run at every turn, has turned down the coveted nationwide opportunity to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union, a source close to Christie confirmed to CNN.
The source said Christie was offered the chance to give the Republican response following President Obama's address, but declined the invitation. Scheduling difficulties were part of the reason, but the source said "we would have made it work if he had wanted to do it."
The inquiry on his interest from the Congressional GOP leadership was first reported in the Newark Star-Ledger. Christie thought he was better served focusing on legislative matters, including budget and pension reform efforts underway, the source told CNN.
'The conventional wisdom is whoever does deliver it is on an elevated platform. In the end, the Governor is focused on what he's working in here in New Jersey", he said.
House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel declined to comment on whether GOP leaders reached out to Christie, telling CNN only "The Republican address will be given by Budget chairman Paul Ryan and he'll do a terrific job."
Christie can be mouthy, but he’s still less offensive and divisive than most of the Republican talking heads these days. And he’s certainly head and shoulders above the likes of Michele Bachmann.
Good idea. Last one by Gov. Jingle did not go so well.
I live in NJ trust me when I tell you Christie is nothing but a Rino, he made cuts but distributed the money to other government entities in other words he grew NJ's government. He also appointment a muslin as a judicial judge, this man has actually defended terrorists, Christie is the worst thing that ever happened to NJ.
This thug doesn't deserve to be a WalMart greeter.
THIS MAN IS A" PUZZLEMENT" TO ME..The first time I saw him and heard him speak.I didn't like him, his hubris was overwhelming. I have seen him twice since and I'm beginning to see another person. I do beileve this man bares watching. There may be a very important man to be found here.Time will tell.
No one really knows if Christie was asked. Are the Republicans that scattered that they do not know who is being asked to speak for them.
Of course, Christie may be grandstanding.