TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the co-founder of The Home Depot and other Republican donors he met with Tuesday didn’t persuade him to run for president in 2012.

Billionaire businessman Ken Langone is the latest to court Christie for a White House run. The first-term governor and GOP favorite continues to be talked about as a possible challenger to President Barack Obama, but his answer has consistently been ‘no.’

Christie met Langone and the others in Manhattan. Afterward, the governor reported: “I said nothing different to him today than I’ve said to other folks in the past.”

This spring, a group of Iowa donors had come to New Jersey to persuade Christie to run.

Christie has hosted sit-downs with some in the Republican field including Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.

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Comments (3)
  1. Wig Wam Willie says:

    Whether to run or not isn’t Christie’s decision. If the Party orders him to run, then he WILL run and he WILL like it.

  2. JustSaying says:

    Good! I hope he keeps it that way. Our country does NOT need the kind of political stupidity he brings to the table. If he’s going to negatively affect an area, it might as well be New York. I used to think all the idiots lived in California but have since come to realize New York is every bit as bad. It’s only the ‘Big Apple’ until you get up close and then you realize it’s rotten!

  3. Truth says:

    He wants more time to diet before going on national tv

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