Christie: 'Now is not my time'
October 4th, 2011
09:37 AM ET
11 years ago

Christie: 'Now is not my time'

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced Tuesday he will not run for president in 2012.

The first-term governor said the pressure he received over the past few months caused him to consider throwing his hat in the ring - after repeatedly shooting down rumors - but that ultimately he is committed to his position in the Garden State.

"Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon," Christie said at a press conference in Trenton. "That's the promise I made to the people of this state when I took office."

Christie fielded recent calls to run for president and spent time discussing the possibility of a White House bid with his family, friends and operatives. Now, having decided against a bid, Christie said he does not "feel any sense of regret at all."

"I felt like it was my obligation as I said before given the seriousness and the amount of people who were coming to me and asking me to reconsider to reconsider and I did," Christie said. "In the end I came back to the same place I was in the whole year."

He pushed back against reports that his family was skeptical throughout the process, saying they supported him, whether he decided to run for president or not.

When asked about the rest of the GOP presidential field, Christie said his decision was not affected by the strength or weakness of the pool.

"None of them were a factor," he said before adding that he was not prepared to make an endorsement.

He also brushed aside suggestions, in his typically brash fashion that he would serve in the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket.

“Listen, I don’t imagine I’m going to be asked. I don’t think I have the personality to be asked,” Christie said. “I mean, seriously, can you imagine? You know, the guy would probably want to get a food taster. I don’t know, seriously, I don’t see it.”

The newly minted vice chair of the Republican Governors Association said he is now focused on making sure President Barack Obama only serves one term as president.

"He's failed the American people because he's failed that absolute litmus test to be President of the United States and that's to know how to lead and how to decide," Christie said.

Christie light heartedly addressed the coverage of his weight that escalated in recent weeks, particularly among comedians. As long as the jokes are funny, he is OK with the coverage, he said.

"For me, their job is to be funny. And if one of the things they want to make fun of is my weight, it's fair game," Christie said. "I'm a public figure … All I care about is that they actually are funny so that I can at least laugh about it while they are mocking me."

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  1. Courtney

    The best never run. That is why we are stuck with Bush & Obama.

    October 4, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Mike Buck

    Dick Cheney says "Obama owes Chris Christie an apology!"

    October 4, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. A Democrat in North Carolina

    The man said he didnt wont to run for President in the 2012 why do the right keep trying to get him to run i thought no mean no! what part dont you get. The Gop must donot trust the field they already have they keep trying to find someone. The Republicans said that President Obama is so vunerable that anyone can beat him so Whats Up?

    October 5, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Unless he gets his weight under control, Christie's not going to have much more time for anything ...

    October 5, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  5. prediction

    It must be tough to find candidates with a political future to run against an incumbent

    October 5, 2011 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  6. Joe

    Good for Christie! We already have an inexperienced President and look what that got us!

    October 5, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |

    Another one down. He saw the Rick Bush assault at the wingnut debate, so he avoided those sharks. The teabagger Koch boys monster and their litmus tests/pledges ran him off .

    October 5, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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