At a 1 p.m. news conference, the New Jersey governor will end his weeks-long flirtation with a bid that would have reshaped the GOP primary
Updated 10:58 a.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will announce Tuesday afternoon that he will not run for president, ending weeks of intense speculation about his future, a Republican source confirmed to National Journal. His decision means that the Republican presidential field now is all but set.
From National Journal:
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The decision also is good news for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who would have lost support in his Northeast base to Christie. New polls have shown Romney surging past Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the wake of Perry's poor debate performances and a scandal involving a racial epithet at a West Texas hunting camp where he has taken friends and supporters.
The decision is in line with his repeated and emphatic denials over the last year of any interest in the White House. Had he entered the race, Christie would have been regarded as a top-tier candidate likely to find support among many conservatives still lukewarm about their choices for president. He possesses a cult following among conservatives fond of his tough-talking style and a cadre of wealthy donors eager to raise money for his campaign.