Chris Christie announces he won’t run for President in 2012. The New Jersey Governor had originally stated that he wasn’t going to run, however recently he has been under tremendous pressure to make a last minute jump in to the race. After taking the time to reconsider, he arrived at the final conclusion by saying, “its not my time.”
“In the end, what I’ve always felt is the right decision remains the right decision today,” he said.
He went on to say he wanted to finish the job in New Jersey that the voters hired him to do. “The people sent me to Trenton to get a job done, and I’m just not prepared to walk away,” he said. “New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you are stuck with me.”
Back in September Christie lead some to believe that he had reconsidered running when he spoke at a function at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In his speech he spoke about President Obama and that he believed the the current administration was dividing “our nation to achieve re-election.”
“This is not a leadership style; this is a re-election strategy,” he said. “What happened to state senator Obama? When did he decide to become one of the ‘dividers’ he spoke of so eloquently in 2004? There is, of course, a different choice.”
However, even at the urging of his own advisors along with encouragement from Henry Kissinger, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, he decided not to seek the White House this time around. “I felt the obligation to earnestly consider their advice,” Christie said. “Over the last few weeks, Iâ€™ve thought long and hard about this decision.”
Christie, an attorney, previously served as United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and as a Morris County, New Jersey Freeholder. He took office as Governor of New Jersey on January 19, 2010. He chose not to move his family into Drumthwacket, the official governor’s mansion, and instead resides in Mendham, New Jersey.