Chris Christie’s decision not to run for President in 2012

Introduced: October 06 2011

What is your opinion of him at this point?  What qualities or achievements make him Presidential material…or not? Why did he say “no” to running in 2012?


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Member Responses

Responses posted October 17, 2011


028: I think one of Chris Christie’s best qualities is that he’s passionate. People are so tired of all this phony talk, they really want someone who tells it like it is.


069: I was unfamiliar w Gov. Christie until he declined to run for president. His speech seemed sincere and refreshingly forthright to me.  In my opinion, he would have been an exciting candidate for the campaign. I'm very disappointed he's not running.

114: I was relieved to hear that he has "decided not to run" again!  With this type of doubt and hesitation, it is obviously not the right time for him.  I firmly believe he needs more experience as a governor and then take another look at running in perhaps 2016.  He's young enough and time is on his side.  And it gives him time to concentrate on his own health issues as well.  He's mature enough to realize that it wasn't his time to step in to the presidential race as tempting as it was, especially with so many encouraging him.  That has to be a very "heady" feeling to have so many pushing him to run.  The country needs someone of his strength and convictions, and perhaps the next 4-plus years will be an excellent time for grooming him should he want to run in the near future.


194: It remains to be seen if Christie will rise up into the public spotlight when the timing is "better" for him. But it gave many of us who didn't know him before a chance to see who he is, what he stands for, and what he's done. One of the things about "centrists" is that they aren't so easy to pigeonhole. Christie said he believes in global warming -- but pulled NJ out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program. He said being undocumented isn't a crime unless a person is here illegally,  goes back to his/her country, and then tries to re-enter. (Not sure about that one.) And he seems to be pro-gun control, if you consider his statement that he upholds and supports New Jersey's gun laws -- which are some of the most stringent in the U.S. Just maybe, he GETS it -- that issues aren't all black or white, that it’s ok to agree with some of the people on certain issues – and some different people on other issues.


097: It made me question – does no mean no? Or in recent history, has anyone ever said no and then ended up being nominated?


161: I heard David Chalian say on the PBS News Hour that this is good news for Jon Huntsman because he’s basing his candidacy on winning in New Hampshire and Christie probably would have been a favorite there.


105: I'm trying to look back on how this nominating process typically works. If people say no for President -- are they allowed to change their minds without harming their credibility if a groundswell of support rushes them to the nomination? Can anyone remember if that's happened? If a person says "no" for President -- does that automatically make them an option for vice president? (Or if they say "yes" and try for the nomination but don't get it -- like Joe Biden in 2010 -- does that put them in line for VP?) And what about Marco Rubio -- who is saying no, no, no to talk of the VP nomination. Does he mean it? (By the way, I'd like to nominate him for the list of "Who's Worth Watching." I've caught mention in the news of a Romney/Rubio ticket.