Some Republicans are clamoring for the New Jersey governor to join the 2012 presidential race, but he has plenty of reasons to turn them down
Uncertain of Mitt Romney's conservative bona fides and increasingly doubtful of Rick Perry's electability, Republicans have focused on recruiting another high-profile governor to run for president: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But even a full-court press from conservative donors and power brokers hasn't worn down Christie's resolve - stated publicly, repeatedly, and emphatically - to stay out of the White House race.
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That message may have been less adamant but did not appear to have changed when Christie appeared Tuesday at the Reagan Presidential Library. In a question and answer session after his address, a woman pleaded with the governor to run for president "I implore you" the questioner said. She got a standing ovation from the audience but not much encouragement from the governor. Christie, who spent much of his hour on stage excoriating President Obama's record, said he was flattered but added that the pleas of others would not suffice to get him into the race. "That reason has to reside within me," said the governor.
Personal feelings aside, there's another reality that Christie's fans -- as well as those hoping for a fashionably late entrance into the race by Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, or ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- have failed to acknowledge: Even if they declare, the latecomers would face a long, difficult road to the nomination. All the conservative celebrity in the world can't make up for lost time.