Giuliani lunches with Christie
June 15th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani lunches with Christie

New York (CNN) – One New York politician considering running for President broke bread Wednesday in the Big Apple with another adamant he is not.

Presidential politics was surely one topic on the menu though as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani lunched with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, sources familiar with the meeting confirmed to CNN. The get together comes as Giuliani is said to be considering again putting his hat into the Republican presidential ring, and Christie reiterating to CNN he will not run this year for the GOP nomination.

Sources, who would only speak not for attribution, refused to discuss the meeting in any detail because it was private.
Christie, who is popular among GOP activists, has met with several of the GOP presidential candidates.

"I'm 100 percent certain I'm not going to run," Christie said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." He also said he has not seen a "best option" yet among the current candidates who could compete with President Obama.

Giuliani, whose 2008 campaign quickly folded, has traveled to New Hampshire several times this year-those close to him have previously said he is seriously considering another run. Several outside Republican consultants have said Giuliani would not have a good chance of winning the nomination this time around if he chooses to mount a campaign.

"This lunch has been in the works for a while," one source familiar with the meeting told CNN Wednesday morning. The source emphasized while 2012 politics would be one topic the two men have known each other for years from when Christie was U.S. Attorney in New Jersey. Giuliani was the only national candidate to campaign for Christie when he ran for governor in 2009.

Giuliani still has a $2.64 million debt from his 2008 run according to a March filing with the Federal Election Commission.

In a CNN-Opinion Research Poll released on Monday 10 percent of Republicans surveyed said Giuliani was their choice for the Republican nominee next year. Sixty-six percent of Republicans said they would like to see Giuliani run.

It was a busy day for Giuliani. Earlier Wednesday he met with GOP Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's been stirring up his own presidential buzz. Their meeting took place a day after Perry's widely heralded speech to the New York County Republican Committee.

"The two friends are having a private meeting," Perry spokesman Mark Miner told CNN.

–CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin and Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this story.

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    That must have been some lunch. Mr. 9/11 who said that we were never attacked during the shrub's administration and mr. I use helicopters for personal use and "you think I am going to walk 50 yards with this girth". Yeah, right.

    June 15, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Maude

    New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president. Are you for real? This guy is dreaming. These scum of the earth politicians think they are the cats meow. You had your turn being a Mayor and you screwd up badly. New York is the worst place on the planet to live. You legacy is a big fat goose egg.

    June 15, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    On Memorial Day it was Giuliani licking at the heels of President Obama and now he's kissing up to Christie just like a switch hitter.

    June 15, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Bob

    Two peas in a pod. Jerks.

    June 15, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. jerry

    Rudy for pres and guess who for VP?

    June 15, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Jess C

    I wonder if anything was left on the plate for ole Rudy?

    June 15, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. David

    Did Giuliani loose any of his fingers?

    June 15, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    woo hoo, corrupt and fat are having lunch.

    June 15, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Munch munch chomp chomp slurp 911 - repeat for an hour.

    June 15, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    Why would anyone want to lunch with someone that has a front loader handy to shovel in the food?

    June 15, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Russ

    Rudy considering another run? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA......He'd be the laughing stock of the group. Even below Palin if she decided to run. Maybe even below Bachmann. You Funnnnnnnnny Rudy!

    June 15, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. s kel

    giuliani is like a little peasty fly buzzing around a traitor who openly wants to secedes from this country and a billy boy beer drinker who hates the president based on party afilliation and skin color.

    June 15, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |