Chris Christie To Courters: I’m Still Not Running For President

Apparently, the outside pressure on Chris Christie to change his mind about running for President is real, but that doesn’t mean his answer is changing:

A determined cadre of Republican donors is casting wishful eyes on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an 11th-hour push to persuade the former prosecutor to enter the 2012 presidential race.

The drive reflects lingering discontent in some GOP quarters over the current crop of GOP candidates, particularly since the recent stumbles of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has led in national polls of Republican voters.

Mr. Christie’s aides say the governor hasn’t budged from his months-long insistence that he won’t enter the presidential fray, despite what one described as a “relentless” stream of calls over the last week from prominent Republicans urging him to run.

“None of that triggers any new thinking on his part,” said one Christie adviser. “He’s very polite to these people: ‘Thank you for calling. That’s very flattering. I’ll let you know.’ And I think they interpret that, ‘Ah-ha! A rethinking.’ “

If this doesn’t stop soon, Christie may have to carry through on that suicide threat.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Connie says:

    Perhaps he should stop saying “I’ll let you know”. Seems like “I’m not running.. don’t ask me again” might do the trick.

  2. As Chris Christie continues to play Richard III, the GOP continues to search for a New Reagan who will unseat this usurper in the Oval Office. I thought about this and wondered why they don’t just dig up old Ronnie, reanimate his corpse, and have HIM run. Then I realized The Onlon did a delightful satire on this very subject in 2009.

    But that was before the rise of the Tea Party. And although Zombie Reagan Eat Brain, the Tea Party would have very little to worry about in that regard. But he DID raise taxes all those times.

    Zombie Reagan just wouldn’t be conservative or crazy ENOUGH for the Tea Party.

    This also proves nobody does satire like “The Onion.”