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CHRIS CHRISTIE WILL SPEND PRESIDENTIAL RACE ON TREADMILL
October 4 2011
Trenton, NJ – The Republican field has narrowed just a bit now that Governor Chris Christie has officially acknowledged once and for all that he will not be running for President in 2012. The affable New Jersey Governor had been reportedly reconsidering his decision in the last few days, but has finally made his decision once and for all.
“Now is not my time. New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me,” Christie said during his news conference. He acknowledged that he had been reconsidering the option and may do so again in the future.
Christie and his team went out to Sonic immediately after the conference for Christie’s traditional second lunch. Christie normally consumes at least nine lunches throughout the day.
He has not ruled out running for President sometime in the future but does want oget himself ready for such a run in the future.
“With Christie out the field really does contract quite a bit. He would likely have won the nomination had he decided to run simply because he is the least problematic. His absence from the race leaves a huge gap, a massive hole, and it is going to be very difficult to fill that with any of the remaining candidates,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “There really isn’t anyone in the field currently who can fill that
void. Christie’s presence is a big one and it’s just going to be a problem for any of these candidates to make up that space. None of them really have any kind of strong base.”
Major candidates still in the race are Herman Cain, Michele Bachman, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney, all of whom have flirted with popularity only to have it fade away. Christie was seen as an antidote to that fading and a major presence on the national scene.
“Hopefully for the future of the Republican Party Christie can get himself in shape for 2016. I think, possibly, that with him out of the race they may have just given Obama another four years. He is unpopular, but he is much better off than any of the current candidates. Maybe they lose this time around but Christie gets things together and gains momentum for the next cycle,” continued Kinsey. “It takes a guy like that a long time to get moving and he just got into this race a little too late. Hopefully he can start early next time and make it happen, for the good of the party.”
Christie had removed the buffet bar from the Governor’s office in recent days, further fuelling the speculation of his run. It was mostly Italian food.
“The gap now between the candidates is really quite immense and I frankly don’t see any of them filling it in. I mean Sarah Palin may have a chance of grabbing some of that spotlight but she’ll probably leave part way through and so that doesn’t help much at all,” continued Kinsey. “Christie’s absence really does leave this massive void in the Republican race and it’s likely there won’t be anyone capable of filling his shoes. It’s too bad for the Republicans but a good thing for the people in the White House. That’s an old building, the supports just aren’t what they used to be.”
Christie will be enjoying at least three of his dinners with family tonight following the announcement.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent