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article image'Now Is Not My Time' Says Christie

By Forstine Carter     Oct 4, 2011 in Politics
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday he would not run for president, refusing to bow to pressure from GPO donors, fans and luminaries.
As reported by WMC5 Christie told reporters "now is not my time." His decision means that three months before voting is set to begin, the Republican race remains focused on two men, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
The famously blunt, budget cutting Gov. Christie not even two years in office spent the past few days reconsidering his long-time refusals to run for the GOP presidential nomination in light of encouragement from GOP leaders.
"I felt the obligation to earnestly consider their advice," Christie said. "Over the last few weeks, I've thought long and hard about this decision."
Forbes report Christie as saying, "I went to bed last night for the first time in the last few days knowing what I wanted to do." Forbes also reports that close advisers to Christie told friends that they ultimately didn't think a run made sense in part because it would likely have been too late to set up the needed infrastructure in Iowa.
The governor's advisers told friends that Christie was seriously looking at a run in 2016 and he refused to rule out the prospect of a future run. But as Obama's approval rating has fallen and Republicans have become increasingly convinced he is vulnerable in 2012, Christie became worried he would regret staying out if another Republican won the nomination and ultimately the presidency.
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