In what was a press conference regarding a 2012 run for President, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie definitively answered that he is not running. Christie stated that due to the numerous requests that he seek the Republican nomination for President, he did in fact reconsider his earlier decision not to run. In questions asked after the Governor’s statement, he did reveal that the reconsideration process was already going on last week, prior to his giving a speech at the Reagan library. The Governor said that the inundation of legitimate requests from people inside and outside of politics forced even his wife to believe that they must reconsider his previous decision. In one instance, Christie told the assembled audience about a Federal Express delivery that came to his children at his home address. The package was an appeal to them from a farmer in Nebraska who urged the Christie kids to sit down with their father and tell him that it was okay to dedicate himself to a run for President because our nation needed him. The appeal stated that by doing so, his children would go down in history for their actions that led their father to run for President.
Christie made clear that the decision was his and his alone. Members of his family had approved of a decision to run, but left the decision to him. In the end Christie said he decided against running because he just does not feel that the time is right. He added that he made a promise to the people of New Jersey to stay here and clean up the mess they are in and that is what he intends to do.
“The people of New Jersey elected me to do a job and I am just not ready to walk away”, said Chrsitie.
According to the Governor, he just did not see any condition which made him feel right about leaving office as Governor of New Jersey. He confirmed that he made his final decision last night, before going to bed .
When asked by a reporter if his decision had anything to do with some publications indicating that he was not as conservative as some believe, the Governor stated that it had no influence on his final decision. He said that if anything, once he saw the knives come out and that people were aiming for him, he knew he could win, so that had nothing.
Christie also indicated that he saw a great deal of irresponsible coverage on whether or not he was running. He stated that there were many things reported as news which were and could only have been speculation. Whether or not this puts an end to such speculation remains to be seen.
While reaction to Christie’s final decision did bring about some public disappointment, it also seemed to have met with widespread understanding, approval,l and respect. In a LiveStream/Facebook chat room that was conducted during a live broadcast of the Christie speech, John Mandler of New City, NY wrote,
“NJ needed him to stay, and he needed to stay to keep faith with those of us who elected him in 2009. He is a greater man for staying the course.”
Other comments from people outside of New Jersey included;
Brandon Riggins, Columbus, OH……
“He’s going to finish up his term as governor, and for that he has earned (even more) of my greatest respect.”
Daniel Casey, Southbridge, MA……
“It sounds like he thought about it seriously and ended up doing the right thing. I respect him even more.”
Jon Maxwell of Rockwall, Texas put the onus on New Jerseyans and suggested it was up to them to urge Christie run when he wrote…
“Can he serve NJ better by serving as President and helping the nation as a whole, or better as Governor? It’s up to you, NJ.”
Reaction in New Jersey was also positive but Valerie Brooks-Klein of Trenton, NJ, concurred with Jon Maxwell and wrote,
“I think he needs to serve the entire country. NJ would benefit as well as the rest of the country. Its time for us to share him.”
Other New Jersey residents were not sas generous as Valerie was when it comes to sharing Chrsitie;
Tammy Case,Red Bank, NJ……
“I respect Governor Christie’s decision to stay in NJ and accomplish the goal he set out to complete. Once this is done then we can share him..An honest dedicated Politician how often do we get one of those. Amazing Governor.”
Joani Boucher, Edison, NJ……
“While I believe Gov Christie would make a great President, I’m so glad he’s going to stick around and clean up the mess made by the former Governor’s of NJ.”
And then there was this was Robert Frank Koscinski of Colonia, NJ……
“We do have the coolest Governor!!!”
At one point during the presser, a string of questions about Christie’s weight were raised by reporters in the context of how much of factor it would have been in the presidential race and in regards to columnists who wrote that his weight would be a problem if he ran for President. To that Chrisite replied that those who wrote such things know nothing about politics.
For those who do believe his weight would be a problem, as a New Jerseyan, I have just one thing to say. He ain’t heavy. he’s my Governor.
If you’re only in your twenties, you may not get that but for those of you who have been around long enough to know but not too long to be unable to remember, I refer you to the popular music ballad, “He Ain’t Heavy. He’s My Brother”, written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. Originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, the song went on to become a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970.
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