New Jersey Governorheld a press conference at 1 pm ET. He made it clear that he would not run for President. He said that he was humbled by the people that showed confidence in him, however his priority was in New Jersey and that he had a committment to the people of New Jersey.
Christie said that he was in the State he loved and the State he grew up in. He said that the felt obligated to at least consider the run for President with his people and once again emphasized that he was grateful. He said that this is not the time to leave unfinished business and that the stakes were too high. He said, "Whether you like it or not New Jersey you're stuck with me."
While there have been speculations over the past weeks, and sources stated yesterday that Christie was reconsidering to run, he has said no on several occasions. Donors and the GOP elite have tried to convince Christie to run.
There is a large field of GOP candidates andis still the front runner, took the lead in the polls for a while until the Florida GOP debate. Perry slipped in the polls after the HPV gaf during the MSNBC/Regan library debate and dropped below Romey after stating that those that could not accept funding of tuition for illegal immigrants had no heart. This did not resonate with the Conservative wing of the GOP.
Herman Cain, with his 999 tax policy resonated in the Florida debate and came out on top of a straw poll, doubling Romney and Perry combined with 37% of the vote.
Chris Christie although favoured by registered Republicans, fared less well with Independents. The hard charging New Jersey governor would have opened himself up to closer scrutiny. Although he would have surged intially, it is doubful that he could have succeeded as the nominee in the end.
Republicans feel that the tough talking governor could have stood up Barrack Obama, however he is much more liberal than the Republican base. While Christie may have had a surge intially, it would have been eroded. Mitt Romney and Perry have been in the campaign much longer and with Primaries moved up in Florida to January 31st and in corresponding States much earlier, campaigns will get busy with concentrating on primary States as early as Thanksgiving.
Now that the speculation is over, the rest of the field can get on with it. Now what will Sarah Palin do?