Speculation is still rising over whether or not New Jersey governor Chris Christie will throw his hat in the 2012 Presidential race. Christie said multiple times that he does not intend on running for President, however he has been traveling throughout country raising money. He’s been out of state so much that New Jersey Senator Loretta Weinberg introduced a bill that would require the governor to give legislators one day’s notice before leaving the state for any reason. According to the Associated Press, “In the 20 months since being elected, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has formally assumed power at least 26 times.” Christie says he only transfers power when he leaves the state overnight.
On June 26, Christie was a keynote speaker for a meeting that Mother Jones describes as one of two “secret fundraising and strategy seminars” that billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and his brother hold every year. Around 300 wealthy conservative supporters were on hand and, according to Mother Jones, they “were urged to open their wallets for what Charles Koch described as “the mother of all wars”—the effort to unseat President Obama.”
At that meeting, Christie stated, “We’re going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We’re going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We’re going to have to raise the Social Security age. We’re going to have to do these things. We’re going to have to cut all types of other government programs that some people in this room might like.” Christie then called New Jersey Democratic legislators “stupid” for pushing for a tax on the wealthy. (Audio for this speech is available at MotherJones.com)
Yesterday, Christie was in Missouri to attend several political fund raisers. Today, he is scheduled to speak at a leadership forum at the Reagan Library in California. On Wednesday Christie will meet with California’s former GOP candidate for governor and new Hewlett-Packard CEO, Meg Whitman. Then, on Thursday New Jersey’s governor will attend a fundraiser for the Republican Victory Fund in Louisiana with Governor Bobby Jindal.
Christie still says he is not interested in running for President, however it seems that his actions and travels tell a different story. The National Review released an article yesterday where Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean says that Christie is thinking about the Presidential bid. Kean told the National Review: “It’s real, he’s giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago.” Kean goes on to day, “More and more people are talking to him. He’s getting appeals from major figures around the country”
I guess only time will tell.