APNewsBreak: Christie to decide soon on 2012 bid

By BETH DeFALCO | September 30, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, greets the crowd during a fundraiser rally, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 in Baton Rouge, La. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ducked questions Thursday about whether he's considering a GOP presidential bid, while helping Louisiana's Republican Party fund raise for the state's fall election cycle. Christie, a rising national GOP star, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal participated in a public rally before heading to a private cash-generating event for the state GOP, where tickets ranged from $10,000 to $100,000. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis) MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two people close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say he is reconsidering his decision not to run for the White House in 2012. They say he is expected to make a final decision soon.

Christie has long said he won't run in 2012. But the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about it, say he is rethinking his hard stance.

Calls have been intensifying from top GOP donors and party elders for Christie to jump into the race. President Barack Obama's weak approval ratings and a Republican field that has been struggling to put forward a clear front-runner are also creating an opening.