Although New JerseyGovernor Christopher J. Christie is officially not considering a run for President, a good friend of the Governor, former popular New Jersey Governor Tom Kean tells National Review that Christie is indeed giving the idea of a 2012 run for President some very serious consideration.
Governor Kean has known Governor Christie since he was a teenager and for all intent and purpose there is no immediately obvious reason for Kean to intentionally mislead the public about Christie’s thought process.
For several days now, the word that Governor Christie is thinking about running has been gaining momentum. From my point of view, it must be treated as chatter, but not in the sense of people just talking. It must be treated the in the sense as chatter as it pertains to intelligence gathering. When the government intercepts an unusual level of communications (which they call chatter) regarding a certain matter, they take the information more seriously and heighten their level attention on whatever it is that the “chatter is about”. The same thing applies here for the other Republicans running for President. They better be prepared for the waves if Christie jumps into the presidential waters.
Despite very adanmant claims that he was not thinking about running for President in 2012, the inability for a single declared Republican presidential candidate to catch fire and burn steadily so far, has created an atmosphere that could tolerate Christie’s sudden sharp reversal of course. It would be easy for him to say “given the current political atmosphere, after discussions with my family and many leaders across the spectrum , both Republicans and Democrats, I have decided that now might indeed be th time for me to run“.
Critics will of course call the Governor a liar but many more vocal supporters will say that running is the right decision for both Christie and the nation. As a New Jerseyan I can tell you right now that although Christie is in good shape here, he probably has a better chance getting elected of the United States than he does t getting reelected Governor of blue New Jersey. Especially if Democrats run a dynamic Democrat like Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker.
That said, I am done placing bets who which horse will enter the starting gate, I’ve been wrong about that too many times this election cycle. So I will not say Christie is running. I won’t say he isn’t running either. I will however tell you, that with two major out-of state speeches that Christie will be making in the near future combined with the opening in the G.O.P. field that still exists and given not just all the chatter but who the chatter is coming from, the chances of Christie running now are greater than have been to date.
Of course all the chatter could be just a very savvy way of insuring that Christie’s speech in Missouri and at the Reagan Library in California are given the type of attention tat all politicians dream of, whether they’re running for President or not.
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