New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced at a press conference today at 1:00 PM EST that he is sticking by his guns when he he said he did not plan to run for President of the United States. From the Washington Post:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won’t run for president in 2012, citing his desire to continue his work in the Garden State in a press conferenc Tuesday.“Now is not my time” Christie said at a press conference in Trenton, New Jersey this afternoon. “I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon.”
Christie added that he “never really wanted” to reconsider his past refusals to run but that an overwhelming sentiment from ”people all over the country” forced him to rethink his plans.
He said his wife, Mary Pat, woke him up early one morning three weeks ago and told him that if he wanted to run, he should and that the family would be fine.
Christie was heavily courted to reconsider by large Republican donors as well as a handful of elected officials and party activists in key states. That recruitment process picked up steam following several mediocre debate performances by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, showings that raised doubts about his ability to unite the party and beat President Obama next fall.
His decision is the last major domino to fall in the Republican race, which has been defined by a series of rapid rises and falls (Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann being the best example) among conservative candidates and the courting of not-yet-candidates into the race.
Also from CNN:
The ongoing coverage coincided with the release of new poll results that showed Christie in forth place nationally among the other GOP White House contenders. Christie received 10% support among registered voters behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 21% and former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain and Perry's 14%, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday.
Forty-two percent of those surveyed said Christie should run for the nomination, 34% said he should not and 24% were unsure.
Question: Does this mean that the Republican Presidential field is now officially set, or will there continue to be calls for other candidates to enter the race?