Close adviser to Christie: "This is a decision that will come from Chris Christie"
September 27th, 2011
06:13 PM ET
7 years ago

Close adviser to Christie: "This is a decision that will come from Chris Christie"

Washington (CNN) - When it comes to jumping into the race for 2012, it's possible the only person who knows what Chris Christie is doing is Chris Christie.

"The storm of speculation is incredible," a close adviser to the New Jersey Governor said to CNN. "But this is a decision that will come from Chris Christie on his terms."

Christie is scheduled to give a closely watched speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday night. The high-profile address and renewed hand-wringing over the current GOP field have both fueled speculation the Republican governor is reconsidering a presidential campaign.

Just last Thursday, Christie told a group of students at Rider University he isn't running.

"It's got to be something that you and your family really believe is not only the right thing to do but I think what you must do at that time in your life both for you and your country. And for me the answer to that is: it isn't," Christie said.

Christie gave a more forceful denial in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute last February. It was Sherman-esque on steroids.

"I threatened to commit suicide. I did. I said what do I have to do short of suicide to convince people I'm not running. Apparently I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I'm not running," Christie said.

On Monday, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean ratcheted up the speculation that things have changed when he told the National Review On-Line Christie is giving it all a second thought.

"It's real," Kean said. "He's giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago."

On Tuesday, Christie's brother sought to tamp down that speculation in an interview with a New Jersey newspaper. Todd Christie told the Star-Ledger he is "sure" his brother is not running.

"If he's lying to me, I'll be as stunned as I've ever been in my life," Todd Christie said to the newspaper.

Christie is under intense pressure to enter the race from Republican activists and donors who are cringing at the prospect of picking between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The New Jersey governor is listening to those pleas. He also remains an active team player for Republican causes. On Tuesday morning, Christie appeared at a fundraiser in Missouri for a Congressional candidate.

But an 11th hour decision to join the race comes with potential peril. A late entry would result in intense media scrutiny. Witness the shooting star and scorching after burn for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Christian conservatives signaled Tuesday they are ready to challenge Christie on social issues. Last August, Christie outraged some on the religious right when he appointed a Muslim judge. Critics of the decision said it could lead to Sharia law in New Jersey.

The governor's response to the criticism was vintage Christie.

"This Sharia law business is crap. It's just crazy. And I'm tired of dealing with the crazies," Christie said.

Prominent religious conservatives took issue with Christie's comments.

"He's made some very questionable appointments of some key positions," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said at a news conference Tuesday. "He has some backing from individuals who are clearly on the other side of most social issues. So I think he would have a difficult time gaining a lot of support among social conservatives."

The reality is Christie is already up against looming fall deadlines for putting his name on the ballot in several primary states.

"It's not easy to put a campaign together on the run," long-time Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins said.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. petrruchio

    If he runs, the Dems are going to rake him over the coals for the "commit suicide" comment regarding his running. I can't see it happening, even though (I can't believe I'm typing this) I kind of like the guy.

    September 27, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. jma58

    Who wants this slob to be our president? He can not even manage his own body.

    September 27, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. GOP Failed America

    I have concerns about Chris Christie's health. With the obesity problem in our country is he a good role model for our children? We don't need a President that is a walking heart attack waiting to happen. I hope he get healthy, joins a gym and loses weight. Otherwise, he is one of the many putting a burdon on our health care system by not making the right food and exercise choices.

    September 27, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. valwayne

    Obama has done such terrible damage to our nation its going to take a really smart, hard working, savy, honest, articulate, tough person to dig out and drive the kind of changes our nation needs to repair the damage and get the nation turned back to the right direction. I think all the Republicans in the race now would be far far better than the disaster now in the White House, but I think we need Gov Chris Christie if we are really going to dig out. In NJ Gov Christie has shown he's willing to stand up to the special interests to help average working Americans and change a system that is rigged against average honest working people. Please run Gov Christie, the nation is calling!!!!! Christie / Rubio 2012!

    September 27, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Ron

    Who really cares? He's just a bigger (no pun intended) version of Perry.

    September 27, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. ED FL

    Christie as president would put an additional battle for the government and spending. New furniture to hold him ,new/bigger helicopters to haul him Bigger limousines to haul him to kids little games etc.The whole world could go broke when/if he decides to visit their country.last but not least Interpretors trying to explain his BIGFoul Mouth comments plus a staff to explain his Gaffes and apologies.

    September 27, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. dnick47

    It seems that Republican are drawn like moths are drawn to the fire by any loud mouth politician who preforms outrageous acts of infamy upon the middle & working classes while lining the pockets of the wealthy with yet more wealth. This is another case in point.

    September 27, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Larry L

    If he actually represents a common sense Republican he should stay away from 2012. The Republicans are competing to see who is the most radical anarchist of the bunch, and they'll be eating their young throughout the primary. I'm a former Republican who will definately vote for President Obama to prevent the Republicans from doing even more damage to our country. They have put the radicals in charge of their Party and you cna bet your Social Security check and your Medicare are on the Republican chopping block. They'll want to privatize – which translates into "give the money to the corporate world supporting the wealthy".

    September 27, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. teabergergop

    let him get in,he will be faded like a cloud.

    September 27, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Herne

    wow this guy got a picture and all.....he's not even running.... Go Ron Paul!

    September 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. aj

    GOTP – Comedy Gold, Pt. 10

    Bring it on, Republicans. Christie's unelectable and makes you look even worse than you do now.

    September 27, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. midleclssfan

    First it was Perry now its the mean spirited, visibly unhealthly fat man from New Jersey who is the Republicons example of the Great White Hope. When will they realize its not the candid but rather their agenta that voters will reject.

    September 27, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Brian Vandenberg

    I don't get it. Why was this article written? He has made it blatantly clear he isn't running. The suicide spiel, his brother's testimony, his last Thursday's claim of not running. Based on his rhetoric about the family decision, I don't even think he'll consider running as a vice president, which is too bad. I guess Marco Rubio is the top-lister for that.

    September 27, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Johnson

    Why wont the entire republican party run? After all, they just try and destroy the president and the dumb american people will decide to vote republican. What a joke this country is and we wonder why we are loosing our standing in the world in almost every category.

    September 27, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. guest

    It has been reported that Barbara Bush has called Mrs. Chrisie to encourage her to persuade her husband to run in the 2012 election. Could it be that Mrs. Bush wants Christie to spin out in the 2012 campaign in order to pave the way for Jeb to have a more open field in the 2016 campaign?

    September 27, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. jmoore

    Maybe he will run if Mr. Slate gives him enough time off at the stone quarry. No word yet about whether Barney will be chosen for VP.

    September 27, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Eric

    He is not going run. End of story.

    September 27, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    Man, what is it with the GOP and wanting someone that is a rude blow heart? I mean to be honest what they think is straight talk actually, makes the person looks stupid. I mean first it was Perry and now it is this guy. LOL But besides all that what in the world has he done in NJ? The State still seems to be and I hate to say this a dump!!! The people there have a Jersey mentality of clueless and to possibly have someone like him in the White House would really scare me. Obama 2012!!

    September 27, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. Jehosefat

    Gov. Christie is the only viable, real, candidate in the nation today who can lead us out of this mess, and I am including President Obama in that group. So what if he is a moderate on social issues? In case you haven't been paying attention, the nation is on the brink of economic ruin, worrying about a candidates views on social policy is misgiided. We need a leader who can bring us together, speak the truth no matter how bad it hurts, and implement fiscal and economic policies to get us back on track. Oh, and by the way, the Governor is right, that whole "danger of Sharia law" argument was crazy.

    I'm tired of dealing with the crazies, too Mr. Governor. Get in this race and I will march beside you.

    September 27, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. T in Dallas

    Will the GOP ever find their candidate? Starting to look like a where's waldo episode? Too many flakes willing to give it a try. Seems like GOP is only good for trashing the current administration...the one thing they agree on but no real leaders. Too much money to be made on the side show circuit for "Failing Palin to run. Get ur popcorn ready!

    September 27, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. T in Dallas

    Let's be honest...this guy is clearly not in any SHAPE to run to the 7-Eleven...nonetheless be Commander in Chief. He needs to pass a physical he's winded just stating his point!

    September 27, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Joseph Forte Jr

    I guess you can see how popular a candidate is just by looking at the comments people write after an article. By the looks of this article, Christie has a long shot in hell in winning anything. If Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann supporters want to do right by this country after they step down, they should look up Ron Paul and see his stance on the issues. You'd have to look him up on the Internet because the major media outlets are completely BLACKING HIM OUT, because he's not bought by all the banks and corporations. The only people he has to be held accounted for is the American people, they're the ones supporting his campaign, and he's actually raising a ton of money. Please do your research people because the Corporate backed media isn't going to give you a lot of news on this guy. RON PAUL 2012

    September 27, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. ArmyCSM

    The man is too BIG to run any type of race.

    September 27, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Chipster

    Christie is very entertaining; funny, clever. But as for leadership, he's just another conservative who talks about how small government should be while expanding its power to interfere with people's personal lives while preventing agencies from protecting consumers and the environment. He's just one more conservative who calls government programs "socialism" and, at the first sign of trouble, stands in line with his hand out. Oh, they all brag about how we should all be responsible for ourselves and that states don't need government programs but they apply for stimulus funds and FEMA assistance.

    September 27, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Steve-Illinois

    If this guy runs, he wins! I just think he'll wait until 2016.

    September 27, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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