TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie announced that he would not enter the 2012 presidential race at a 1 p.m. press conference today.
Christie said that he thought long and hard about his decision and said that he was grateful to everyone who wanted him to run. However, he reiterated that he will not abandon his commitment to New Jersey before his job was done.
“New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me,” the governor said.
The official announcement ends speculation that the governor would enter the race that had been building for some time.
Christie would have faced the challenge of building a campaign network in a short amount of time after frontrunners had already established themselves if he decided to enter the race.
The governor had repeatedly denied interest in seeking the Presidency next year, but after repeated urging from influential Republicans he decided to reconsider his decision.
Ultimately, Christie decided that too much remained to be done in New Jersey.
“I will not abandon my commitment to New Jersey,” he said. “I will fix a broken New Jersey. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, but I know I’m not nearly done.”
Christie said that he was not ready to endorse any of the other presidential candidates.
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