Christie source: 'The pressure is ratcheting up'
August 17th, 2011
01:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Christie source: 'The pressure is ratcheting up'

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. steve

    Excuse me for saying it, but the 500 lb gorilla in the room is.......

    August 17, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Malty

    Christie would be great, but I think he should fix New Jersey first. The top 6 republican candidates are all better than Obama (and more experienced in things that matter). Mitt Romney would be awesome.

    August 17, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    He would create a lot of jobs, widening all the doorways the White House.

    August 17, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    I liked him in those Austin Powers movies.

    August 17, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Shirley In California

    IF republicans truly think Christie is the answer to Obama RUN HIM. If not shut the hell up.

    August 17, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. George Busch

    Great – another GOP idiot is is thinking about jumping in. Just a month ago he said he wouldn't run. Is God talking to this tub of lard now? This clown will really bring the country together with his flammable comments.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Yeah...makes perfect sense....guy is rapidly losing approval in his own state for his ideological policy let's inflict him on the rest of the nation too!

    August 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. The Other Michael in Houston

    He knows he cannot win in the General Election, that is why he is not running, Sure, he will get 18% of the vote from the teapers, but the other 72% of us will not vote for him and he knows it. Besides, I don't want a guy running my country who is 2 seconds away friom dropping dead from a heart attack. Christie, I know their is a gym in the Govenors Mansion in New Jersey, mix in some time on the treadmill and back away from the table

    August 17, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. diridi

    do not get into this mud...o.k, you are better off where you are, dude, fatty....

    August 17, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    "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."

    WHO??? Doggone it!!! WHO thinks that??? I thought the "GREAT WHITE HOPE" was already in the ring – Perry. Let Perry and Bachmann run since the RIGHT feels they are so RIGHTEOUS!!!

    Christie's HEALTH is keeping him from running and everyone that's out there "forcing" him to get in the ring is only EMBARASSING him!!! Jeez!!!

    August 17, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. J

    I thought he was talking about his weight and how he's eventually going to explode.

    August 17, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. ABM

    He should finish his term. There is nothing that makes him better than any other GOP cant-idate.

    August 17, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Just Me

    Oh Please.. This guy is a MicDs sandwish away from heart attack. He would never get thru the hectic primary schedule before having a massive coronary. He is that close to a heart attack. Just take a look at his neck. You can imagine what his poor coronaries are blocked with. I could not be him, but if I were, God forbids, I would be more concerned with my health than trying to get one of the most stresful job on the planet that would definately cause him to drop dead given his obvious predispositon.

    August 17, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Independent In Albany

    He's too fat and unhealthy to be president

    August 17, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Former Republican, but never again!

    Christie is looking to 2016. He's going to let the Repub crazies fight it out for the nomination in 2012, then get steamrolled by Obama, and he'll be ready in 2016.

    August 17, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. thomas

    A Republican close to Chris Christie says the pressure is intensifying on him to get on a treed mill , go to the gym , put down the fork and ride a bike !

    August 17, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Big George in Big D

    Aaaahhhh – the ultimate dream ticket – CHRISTIE/PERRY!!!

    August 17, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Embarrased Conservative

    This guy is smart not to run. The rap sheet is just as long on hom as the other candidates. He has a good thing going right where he is at.

    August 17, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. David

    The question is why?

    August 17, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Me

    Christie is eyeing 2016. Question is, will his heart last that long?

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. doug

    He may not want to run but sometimes we need to sacrifice for a greater good. Perry might lose and 4 more years of Obama would spell the end of not only America but the free world.

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Christie could never handle the physical stress of running for POTUS. Just look at the guy; it's amazing he hasn't keeled over from a coronary already! (Plus, his policies stink!)

    August 17, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Harry Baxter

    His blood pressure? From the looks of him, this could be about 220 over 180!

    August 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    There is no way that "The Big Apple" is mounting a presidential campaign at this late date. Besides, he would be cutting and running on state budget that is a complete mess of his own creation. On second thought, a self-inflicted budget crisis didn't stop Perry from cutting and running for POTUS.

    August 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Stacey

    Aha-ha! Run Christy, Run! Come join the other laughing stock GOP clowns already running. You really think this country is going to vote for a candidate blowhard who looks like they're going to have a massive coronary any minute! The pressure would do him in for sure. The GOP is so pathetically desparate until it's funny.

    August 17, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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