Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Chris Christie will not seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012


Published October 04, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will hold a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, a late addition to the schedule that has election watchers wondering if he's going to announce his entry into the 2012 Republican presidential race.

Several reports say Christie has been meeting with family members and advisers as many high-profile Republicans urge him to seek the nomination. Christie has been silent in the face of reporters' questions in the last few days.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the most recent high-name Republican to urge Christie to join the race, with a spokesman telling the Columbus Dispatch that Kasich thinks Christie would be a good candidate.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday revealed that Christie would earn 10 percent of the vote in the GOP primary off the bat. That puts him below Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain, but above the other declared candidates.

Asked whether they would like to see Christie run, 42 percent said yes, 34 percent said no and 24 percent answered that they had no opinion. In the poll of 1,002 adults taken Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 43 percent said the more they hear about Christie the more they like him. Twenty-three percent like him less and 20 percent said they hadn't heard enough.

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