Christie: ‘I Have a Commitment to New Jersey That I Simply Will Not Abandon’

By Fred Lucas | October 4, 2011 | 2:22 PM EDT

( – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he seriously reconsidered an earlier decision not to run for the GOP presidential nomination, but in the end he did not change his mind.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) (AP File Photo/Mel Evans)

“When you have serious people from across the spectrum, not to mention from all across the country, passionately calling on you to do something as consequential as running for the president of the United States, I felt an obligation to earnestly consider their advice,” Christie said at a press conference in Trenton, N.J. “Together with Mary Pat and our children, I believe I had an obligation to seriously consider what people were asking me to do.”

He said he made the final decision last night and that his family was supportive either way. But, ultimately, he determined he had more work to do in New Jersey.

“I’ve explored the options. I’ve listened to so many people and considered whether this was something that I needed to take on,” Christie continued. “But in the end, what I always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon. That’s a promise I made to the people of this state when I took office 20 months ago, to fix a broken New Jersey. When I look at what we’ve accomplished so far, I’m proud, but I know we’re not nearly done.”


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Christie was elected in 2009, and earned a national reputation as a budget cutter and someone willing to take on powerful public sector unions.

When a reporter asked if he would consider being a vice presidential candidate, the governor responded, “I don’t think there’s anybody in America who would necessarily think my personality is best suited for being number two.”