Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A Republican close to Chris Christie says the pressure is intensifying on him to join the presidential race but insists that the New Jersey governor's mind has not changed.
"I think that anybody could change their mind, but I don't see any evidence of that," the source told CNN Wednesday. "They continue to be pestering him and urging him to run."
The source said the pressure on Christie "ratcheted up" on the aftermath of the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll, which effectively forced former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty out of the race.
And in a sign of the campaign's ongoing fluidity, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has dominated coverage of the GOP nomination battle after just five days in the race.
Rumors about Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan spiked in the days after the straw poll, as establishment Republicans and donors continue to search for a candidate who can not only win the GOP nomination but defeat President Barack Obama in 2012.
Reports surfaced Wednesday about focus groups being conducted on Christie's behalf ahead of a possible presidential bid. Two sources denied that and said the governor's top political advisers are currently on vacation.
Christie adviser Mike DuHaime also issued a flat on-the-record denial about the focus story: "The report is untrue," he said.
"I know he is getting a ton of calls and the pressure is ratcheting up, but as far as I know, his head is still where it's always been," one of the sources told CNN.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.
Christie-Ryan 2012 It just can't get any better than this. Our country's future would look bright once again after a lonnng dark 4 years of Obama misery and failure. One can only hope.
The weak GOP field is breeding desperation
First, what has this dude really done in NJ? I mean seriously, that state is still the arm pit of America!! To me he hasn't done anything to show he is capable of change!! The State alone is just horrible!!
"...as establishment Republicans and donors continue to search for a candidate who can not only win the GOP nomination but defeat President Barack Obama in 2012."
That's not the problem. That is actually doable. The problem is finding someone who can win the Tea Party nomination and still beat President Obama. And that task has become even more impossible after the Tea Party Downgrade, and Tea Party candidates leading polls. The timing of their reaching out to the Christies and Ryans speaks volumes. The barn fire is out of control and they know it.
If Christie were President, he'll be taking AF1 to Jersey all the time to watch his son play softball. BTW, Mr. Fatman is not a role model I would like for my kids to have if I had any kids. Not only is he a rude individual, he's just a glutton.
Sure fat boy, join in. The GOP clown car will need to become a dump truck to haul you around.
Majority of republicans wants Governor Mitch Daniels or New Jersey governor Chris Christie enter the race
After Rick Perry enter the race republicans are saying “we don’t want republican Obama in the white house”
Another Status Quo Politician.
Ron Paul 2012!
I was going to try to be nice, but nah!!!
That pressure you feel is your heart telling you to drop not just some weight but the one and a half extra men you are carrying in that body!
Is this one also hearing imaginary voices? And are we talking mr economics brain dead ryan? Yeah, right!!
I do get my laughs from cnn every day with some of these ridiculous stories about these demented teabaggers. Wow!
Darn it forgot to add! A ton of calls? You sure he doesn't mean christie weighs a ton?
The only thing racheting up for Christie is his blood pressure and cholesterol count.
SLN should hire invite Kevin James to host...and to do some Chris Crispy sketches.
This guy would be a great addition to, hey, who took all the Oreos???
"I know he is getting a ton of calls and the pressure is ratcheting up, but as far as I know, his head is still where it's always been," one source told CNN.
There are so many things I could say, and none of them tasteful with regards to that comment. As far as Christie running, I don't see it happening. The main rap on Obama is that he was inexperienced when he ran: well, a man who has been governor for less than 2 years of a Blue state will do nothing to solve that issue in the GOP's favor. As far as Ryan is concerned, bear in mind the last person to go from the House to the Presidency was James Garfield in 1880. The whole GOP field is skewed towards the right wing of the party, and it's not them the candidates need to convince, its the Independents. The Independents will break for Obama if the nominee for the GOP comes across as a mouth breathing idiot who only talks about what he/she is against. The GOP field is running on negatives, not a positive vision, and that will kill them. Reagan made conservatism palatable because he was positive.
Gov. Christie has played some really dirty politics in the state of New Jersey. Dirty tricks that have for the most part have stayed out the national media, unlike Gov. Walker, R-Wisconsin, who was grabbed most of the attention.
Christie tricked his democratically controlled state house into voting to kill union rights of state workers. He did this by agreeing to compromise and allow Democrats to add things to the bill. Once the bill passed the state house, Christie used his line item veto pen to remove all of his promised compromises. That is who Christie is. He really is the obnoxious person you may have seen in sound bites yelling at people. Christie knows that he does not have the right stuff to be POTUS.
What is this fascination with Gov. Bull Bullie? He was a politically appointed and motivated U.S. Attorney for almost eight years and has been governor for less than two. In both positions he has been long on bluster and short on substance. What in the world would qualify him to be president? Within eight months of election, his approval ratings would be lower than Dick Cheney's.
Many people in NJ would like to see him leave the governorship -- but definitely not to spread his vitrol on the whole nation.
Rumors about Paul Ryan? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
The fact that they are trying to get Christie or Ryan in the race is an indictment on the current crop of GOP clowns..
There are factions in the GOP who dont think any of them can beat Pres. Obama (which they cant)...
Not to mention they want Ryan from Wisconsin and Christie from NJ.. two states which go blue in presidential elections most of the time but can be close..
Look .. Ryan isnt getting elected, he is the bad guy whose plan was to take away social security and medicare.. and.. nobody is electing a fat president with a bad heart..
Maybe Christie should so some running (or elliptical workouts are good too).. before he thinks about running..
"I know he is getting a ton of calls and the pressure is ratcheting up, but as far as I know, his head is still where it's always been,"
Up his butt? Seriously, what is so great about this guy and why is the GOP obsessed with him? I don't get it.
Christie doesn't have a chance - he can't possibly energize a certain voting block in the South.
Look who usually wins elections - at least in my life time. JFK won, with LBJ as a payment to the South. Nixon won, but he not a Northerner. Ford lost to a Southerner. Carter lost, to Reagan and BUSH, both esssentially Southerners, and Carter had pithed off the South. Bush then won - where was he from? Then another pair of Southerners won, CLinton and Gore. Then a Southerner won - Bush was deeper South than Gore.
Obama won, but the GOP stupidly didn't run anyone from the South, on either place on the ticket.
The GOP knows they need to energize the loopy vote in the South, so Christie ain't it.
This goes to show no one is good enough for GOP. I can assume the lady from Alaska is warming up to jump in, as she mentioned long time ago, that if there is no one, she will do it! Why not her GOP?
He's even got a ready made chant ready...Heeeeyyyy, Heeeeeyyyy, Heeeeyyyy....it's Governor Christie!
"And in a sign of the campaign's ongoing fluidity, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has dominated coverage of the GOP nomination battle after just five days in the race."
Rick Perry has dominated media coverage? Just FIVE days after entering the race? Gosh. Here I'm thinking the media dominated it's own Perry (and Palin, and Trump, and Bachmann, and Santorum, and ... , and ... , and ...,) coverage by playing Dialing for Dollars with the likes of the Koch Brothers, Dick Armey, and Karl Rove - otherwise known as (and grouped together under the same political logo of) the Trinity for Citizens United, LTD.
Its amateur hour for the GOP, so why not bring in another hate-slinging loudmouth?