Christie Tells Iowa Donors: Not Running

May 31, 2011 - 11:28 PM

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still not running for president.

A group of Iowa campaign contributors traveled to New Jersey to persuade the first-term Republican governor to change his mind and take on President Barack Obama in 2012.

Christie, his wife and political advisers had the group of seven donors and activists over for dinner at the governor's mansion in Princeton.

According to several people who attended, Christie told Iowa energy company executive Bruce Rastetter — the force behind the meeting — that a run for the Oval Office is not something Christie and his family have begun contemplating.

As a consolation, Christie did accept an invitation to speak at an education conference in July hosted in Iowa by Gov. Terry Branstad.