Christie: 'Now is not my time' for White House bid

By KASIE HUNT and BETH DeFALCO
Associated Press

TRENTON, NJ (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he will not seek the White House in 2012 and says "now is not my time."

Christie said Tuesday he felt an obligation to reconsider his repeated statements he would not make a White House run. Party leaders in recent weeks have lobbied him to re-evaluate that position and he spent the weekend considering a late entry into the field.

He says he wants to remain governor of New Jersey - but isn't ruling out a future White House run.

If he had run, he would have faced a challenge to quickly assemble a campaign just three months before voting begins.

The blunt governor also told his constituents: "whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me."

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I Love Gov. Christie. We need someone like him in NC AND at the White House. He does what needs to be done and doesn't cave to special interest or the almighty dollar. He's tough but he'll defend your rights along with his own. We should be so blessed.

The man should not even consider running until he loses 100 pounds. Being that overweight shows a lack of discipline.

We have enough undisciplined politicians already.

I am not an Obama fan and would support any sane Republican if one ever shows up.

You should not be so quick to be judgmental of those who carry extra weight. That has nothing to do with ability or discipline. Christie has demosnstated a lot of discipline.

Romney - Desperately try to convince us that Romneycare was somehow different from Obamacare.

Perry - Gave in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. Big advocate of "accelerated path to citizenship," a.k.a. amnesty.

Paul- 80% brilliant, 20% insane. Keeps saying that we assassinated al Alwaki and he would have arrested him. NEVER bothers to say exactly how he would have pulled off that magic trick.

Cain - had my vote until yesterday, when a YouTube video of him decrying the shoot to kill order on al Waki showed up. He's as dopey as Paul when it comes to national defense.

Santorum - too married to the abortion issue. He should shoot for becoming Pope instead of president.

Bachman - Where has she gone?

Gingrich - Qualified but can't seem to get the campaighn off the ground. If he can't manage a campaign, how does he hope to manage the Executive Branch of governmnet.

I can't even tell you the rest of their names. I think Pawlenty quit. Jingal? Something like Hartman or something similar to that...

There is no way that Obama can pull off a re-election....unless the Republicans continue aiming at their foot and cocking the gun.

of abolishing the democracy and becoming Emporer?

I'm there for you if your second act, after abolishing entitlements of all kinds, is to legalize gambling and appoint me Gambling Czar.

I'm a Libertarian. Gambling will be totally legal.

How about I make you my Minister of Crime Control and Public Safety. No! Wait! I've got Guesty penciled in for that. I like his idea of imposing Sharia law, but only for sentencing, not for adjudicating cases.

How about Minister of Finance or First Lord of the Admiralty?

but I still think Cain has the best ideas especially on immigration which I feel is a real drag on the economy. Good post Commonsense....