Though the number of GOP presidential contenders has grown seemingly unmanageable, Republicans across the country have practically demanded the entrance of another candidate: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie, though appreciative of the vote of public confidence, has repeatedly declared he would not consider a presidential bid this time around, but his assertions seemed to fall on deaf ears. Many continued to point to various statements thought to be allusive made by Christie as evidence that he was still considering a run despite his declarations to the contrary. Just moments ago, however, Christie made yet another official statement indicating he would not run for president.
Christie scheduled a press conference in New Jersey so that he can clarify once and for all that he does not intend to seek a 2012 presidential bid. During that conference, Christie said:
I’ve been adamant about the fact that I would not run for president. My language was clear and direct no matter how many times I’ve been asked. My job here is my passion … I’m doing a job I love in a state I grew up in on behalf of some of the toughest and hardest working people I know.
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Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands in the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, as he announces that he will not run for president in 2012.: AP Images