Reporting Marcia Kramer
PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Will he or won’t he?
That’s the question still surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over a possible run for the White House.
On Monday, the normally outspoken Republican had little to say on the topic.
The frenzy over a possible Christie presidential run has reached a fever pitch, but there is still no word from the new hamlet on the Hudson. There’s been a lot of flirting but no official “I’m in” or “I’m out.”
“I walked in here today a little troubled, preoccupied, a little worried,” Christie said.
It was supposed to be a simple swearing in ceremony for a judge, but with the national fixation on a possible presidential run, the New Jersey governor’s lack of comments took on huge import and lots of screaming reporters.
Sources told CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer that Christie has still not made up his mind. He’s apparently torn between the public clamor and the twin difficulties of getting into the campaign late and still managing the state with severe fiscal problems.
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“With this kind of pressure, with this many people reaching out for you I believe he’s asking himself the question can I do this? Should I do this?” political analyst Dr. Steve Adubato said.
As Christie looks more presidential – he was seen here Sunday reviewing his troops — sources also told Kramer the Garden State’s governor also has to weigh the possibilities that his plans to wait until 2016 for a potential presidential bid may have been upended by current political realities — the present Republican field is perceived of as weak and President Barack Obama is vulnerable.
“Lightning strikes in my view once in politics. I believe he’s not convinced that 2016 would be as easy as this time or as doable as this time and this is his time. You know you have a shot now and people are begging you,” Dr. Adubato said.
New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox said it would be difficult to be both New Jersey governor and run for president. The only way would be an non-traditional so-called “front porch” campaign.
“The only way he can do that is to run a modern day front porch campaign where he sets forth in speeches and debates and supporters get out his message to the voting public,” Cox said.
“I don’t buy it. You have to be there if people want to see you,” he said.
Kramer said she spoke to several people in the Christie camp on Monday and they said if anyone says they know what Christie will decide, they are lying.
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