Christie: ‘Now is not my time’ for White House bid

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    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.”

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    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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