Chris Christie ‘Not Ready to Be President’

Kimberly Watson, Editor in Chief
September 27, 2011 /

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom the Republican party allegedly urged to run in the 2012 presidential elections, has said he is not prepared to take over the position if he ever won next year’s race.

Although some big names in US politics have reportedly wooed Christie about running in the 2012 presidential race, the Republican governor has stood firm on his decision as of this time according to people close to him.

The report came following Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s debacle in last week’s debate in Orlando, losing the Florida straw poll to Herman Cain.

It might be too early for Chris Christie to make up his mind about running in the 2012 elections, but his wife, Mary Pat, does not seem to like the idea of seeing her husband contending for figures with the other parties.

Christie is, of course, the one who built his reputation on handling the state budget problems. Earlier this year, Christie has set an example for President Barack Obama and the Congress, as he believed, working with Democrats and labor unions in getting an agreement from state workers to pay more for their pension benefits.

Chris Christie’s approval rating has increased since he approved the pension and health benefit overhaul for public workers and survived New Jersey through Hurricane Irene. From a 44 percent split last May, his approval rating rose to 54 percent inclusive of New Jersey voters, while 36 percent disapproved, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.

Instead, Christie will try to broaden the scope of his influence on his party during his speech today at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m.

The New Jersey governor is expected to talk about the American exceptionalism and Reagan’s “transformative leadership to depict how the United States’ role and significance in the world is defined by who we are at home.”

Chris Christie already ruled himself out of the presidential race next year during a September 22 appearance with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels at Rider. Christie, who defeated incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine in 2009 when he was still a federal prosecutor, urged the Republican candidates to focus on such issues as federal entitlement spending and debt.

During the appearance, Daniels said he takes “not taking ‘no’” in regards to the presidential bid.

“I’m taking ‘not yet,’” he said.

Donors from Florida to Colorado have contributed in the 12-fold increase in funds raised this year from other states for the Republican Party in New Jersey, where all 120 Democrats are facing re-election.

The fundraising has helped Christie’s political team to heap a database of donors that can be contacted if he ever changes his mind and opts to run next year.

In 2009, Christie defeated Jon Corzine in the 2009 gubernatorial race as voters were dissatisfied with the state’s high property taxes and slow economy.

Christie’s efforts to cut $10 billion in spending on schools, pensions and towns in his first budget, has paved his way to stardom within his party.

Some of the contributors to New Jersey’s Republican Party this year include New York billionaire John Catsimatidis, who gave $25,000 in June; Kenneth Langone, co-founder of Home Depot Inc., who gave $10,000 in June; and Paul Fireman, founder of Reebok International Ltd., with $25,000 in May.


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