Garden State's Commander-In-Chief Says He Has No Regrets Over Decision

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — He flirted with the presidency but in the end, Gov. Chris Christie said what he wanted to be most in the world, at least right now, is a Jersey boy.

Refusing to bow under pressure from the Republican Party, hard-charging Christie declared Tuesday that New Jersey is stuck with him, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

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“No matter how many times I was asked the question, for me the answer was never anything but ‘no.’ My job here in New Jersey is my passion,” Christie said.

“Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon. That promise I made to the people of this state when I took office 20 months ago – to fix a broken New Jersey.”

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And with those words New Jersey’s governor put himself out of contention for the 2012 Republican nomination for president, despite being pressured from all sides, including a personal request from former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Christie said his wife and family were also pressured.

“We got a FedEx over the weekend at home for my children. They told my children to sit me down and tell me it was okay to miss the games, concerts and other events because our country needs me now,” Christie said.

To be fair, Christie always said it wasn’t his time. But he said he felt obligated to re-look at it with so many people asking him and with the Republican field looking weak and President Barack Obama vulnerable. He defended disappointing some people with the following:

“Abraham Lincoln said ‘I’d like so see man proud of the place in which he lives. I’d like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him,’” Christie said.

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Christie didn’t rule out running for president sometime. Some say he’ll be able to do it. Others sounded cautionary note.

“So many politicians say I’ll run another time and that doesn’t happen. Then in 2016 who knows what his poll numbers will be,” said Ben Smith of

Few think this shuts the door on a future presidential bid. Kramer asked him if he had any regrets.

“No, I mean you can’t make these decisions with any regret, Marcia. How can I regretful being the governor of the state of New Jersey?”

Maggy Haberman is senior political writer for Politico.

“I think future is wide open. We’ve seen anything can happen in politics. Look how many times this race has changed. I think he absolutely has very a long future,” Haberman said.

As for Christie, the future does hold another election, in 2013, should he choose to run for governor again.

What do you make of Christie’s decision? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (27)
  1. I HATE ezPass Toll Hikes $12, its a shame says:


  2. New Lamby says:

    Christie should try Macrobiotics.It would serve him well.

  3. Schmellma Arss says:

    Omnaris to the nose, and Preparation H to the …..

  4. Peter Engel says:

    Smart and strategic decision. If he jumped in, he’d be making the same mistake as Obama. Christie will let the GOP flail about, see OBama get term two, and run on his own terms in 2016.

    1. Moe says:

      I don’t see Obama winning a second term. We’ll end up with a Republican President….Christie won’t get the chance until 2020.

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  6. aspicco says:

    I think it is a smart decision. Christie needs a little more time as a politician & civil servant under his belt before he tackles the Presidency, if he even wants to…

  7. bullett says:

    If the report is true, what a shame. This almost makes Obama a shoe-in for re-election. Another four years of a runaway economey.

    1. nrichard says:

      started by a republican – how quickly it is forgotten the epic economic crash was a Bush era crash – it took 8 years to do it and I cannot understand why everyone thinks it will take 4 years to make it right – especially when the agenda by republicans is to go against everything Obama proposes regardless of how it hurts the American people. Racism anyone?

      1. Michael H. says:

        I’m not even sure it’s racism. I thought that at first, way back at the beginning. Lately, though, it seems like the death throes of a political party grasping on to every last bit of power it can before a younger, more open minded generation steps up and takes the reigns of this great nation. I only hope we can make it greater in the process.

      2. Racist? says:

        Why does it have to be racism? Why can’t it be they just don’t like any policy the man throws out? Just because the man is half black, it doesn’t mean everyone who stonewalls or even disagrees with him is racist. If I don’t like someone that is black, does that make me a racist? NO! Stop trying to put everything into a nice little box with a bow on it to explain reasoning behind things. It isn’t always so simple!

        1. nrichard says:

          the usual response from a bigot! Yes, it is racism – no other sitting president has had this kind of treatment by the senate or congress – you all hated Clinton but he still got his programs passed – Also – if you read anything – you would know this the Tea Party has stated that they, as well as some rich republicans, will do whatever it takes to get the “black man” out of office. YES IT IS RACISM AND YES YOU ARE

          1. Racist? says:

            I am not a member of the Tea Party and could care less what they have said. It doesn’t pertain to my point. My point is that an individual can dislike another individual of a different race without race being the reason for the disdain. You are the bigot if you believe this to be true. There are plenty of people my own race that I loathe. Does that make me a traitor or hater of my own race? By your definition, yes.
            Just because some people are racist doesn’t mean all are. You clearly need to get this race chip off your shoulder if you ever expect anything to change. IT ISN’T ALWAYS RACE!

  8. LiberalsAreEvil says:

    Christie should not even consider running…he is too liberal to be a Republican…Herman Cain should run and win!

    1. Michael H. says:

      Yes, give Cain the nomination and watch every single independent voter flock to Obama next November. Brilliant strategy!

  9. WFB says:

    Gosh John, spoken like a true Liberal. Gee, isn’t that insensitive or non-inclusive or whatever you folks say?

    1. Flynn says:

      Why does he have to be a Liberal? Maybe he’s a republican unhappy with Christie. I mean, there’s Dems not happy with Obama, right?

      Or is that inconceivable to you — that someone in your party might not agree with one of your elected officials?

      1. WFB says:

        As usual, you only read what you want. Hey genius, it was the “fat p.o.s.” comments I was referring to not his “political opinion”. Keep trying. If I had said “the Kenyon is the White House” you would have gone apoplectic.

        1. Michael H. says:

          yet you tied his “fat p.o.s.” comment to an assumed political allegiance. You brought his political affiliation into this, not Flynn.

          1. WFB says:

            And THAT makes his rude comments ok? Take a deep breath Michael, you’ll have a clear head soon. You guys on the left don’t get it and probably never will.

            1. Michael H. says:

              I never defended his rude comments, only tried to sort out the facts. I did not attack you, either, so please do not get defensive. I am simply pointing out what was said, by whom, so there would be no confusion.

    2. Kris says:

      Actually, it’s spoken like a true Conservative. When the Liberals are complaining about insensitivity or non-inclusiveness, they’re talking about the right, not the left.

  10. george Scott says:


  11. John says:

    At that same exact time, Apple is unveiling the new iPhone. Think many like myself would rather watch that than some phony fat p.o.s.

    1. Moe says:

      phony fat p.o.s.?? Real mature

    2. Sarah says:

      There is nothing phony about him. He is one of the few politicians who says exactly what comes to mind. we need more like him and end the politcal correctness junk!

      1. niklu says:

        1) has a temper: He’s a bully
        2) He’s vengeful
        3) He’s a class warrior for the rich
        4) Doesn’t play well with others
        5) His hugh ego
        6) He’s a political opportunist
        7) Treats women with contempt
        8) He’s unapologetic
        9) he’s a Hypocrite
        10) He bends the truth
        ********And you want more of this?

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