Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) still denies that he will run for President. But now several Republican establishment donors want him to.
What has Chris Christie said?
Chris Christie seems constantly to have people ask him whether he will run for President in 2012—or why he won’t. His answer is always the same: he will not run, because he is too busy being Governor. (Christie did consider forming an “exploratory committee” back in February—then changed his mind, according to The Daily Caller. The Federal Election Commission holds no listing for such committee, or any document with Chris Christie’s name on it.)
Until recently, at least publicly, old-line Republicans took him at his word. Then came the September 22 Orlando GOP Debate.
Chris Christie reconsiders
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) did not handle himself well at all. So on the very next day, the first rumors filtered out of New Jersey that Chris Christie might enter the race after all. On Saturday, the “pressure” on Christie increased. (Sources: Newsmax.com and The New York Post).
The fact that nobody yet who’s running for president, in my view, has done that effectively is why you continue to hear people ask [Gov. Mitch] Daniels [R-IN] if he’ll reconsider and ask me if I’ll reconsider.
Even Governor Perry speculated on a Chris Christie run, saying that Christie would be “a great competitor.” Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia says that Christie could win not only the nomination but the election, and by landslides.
Today (September 26), the Post flat-out begged Christie to run for President. They said that Christie could speak better than the rest, could speak without prompting aids, and has a good record in New Jersey. (Some Tea Party activists might disagree with that.) The Post also quoted New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as saying that Chris Christie would be better able than any other Republican candidate to win against Barack Obama in November, 2012.
Sources disagree on how Christie is taking this. Newsmax.com’s sources all say that Christie wants more time to make up his mind. Your editor heard a wild rumor that Christie formed an exploratory committee today. (See above—the FEC does not confirm this.) These two videos from Fox 5 New York seem to say that Christie still will not run.
Tea Party skeptical
One thing is certain: Chris Christie would not receive any Tea Party support in New Jersey. RoseAnn Salanitri, founder of the Sussex County Tea Party, told this Exsaminer to “follow the money.” By this she meant that Christie is hearing from large donors and “bundlers” (those who recruit others to give up to the one-person limit, hoping to pass large total sums to candidates). Christie is not hearing from ordinary citizens and lawful residents.
Salanitri has a long list of “strikes” against Christie. They include:
- He appointed a practicing Muslim to a Superior Court judgeship.
- He never filed or joined any lawsuits against the health care reform bill.
- He did not truly cut New Jersey’s budget, though he did slow its rate of growth.
- He supports a major off-shore wind farm. (Yet he withdrew from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, after saying that it did not work as advertised.)
- He has never once opposed UN Agenda 21, or moved to stop local governments from implementing its provisions.
On Tuesday, September 27, Fox News Channel’s America Live program reported that Chris Christie will not run for President in 2012. Details are sketchy, but add up to this: Chris Christie never wanted to run for President in this election cycle, and no Republican could change his mind, no matter how hard they tried.