Should Chris Christie join the Republican race?
September 26th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should Chris Christie join the Republican race?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said "no" just about every way imaginable when it comes to a presidential run in 2012.

But with a splintered Republican field and lack of enthusiasm, many GOP donors are hoping that "no" really means "yes."

And this time it might. Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean tells the National Review that Christie is "very seriously" considering running.

Politico reports that he will decide in about a week.

As Rick Perry seems to be fizzling out, supporters think there's a rare historic opportunity for Christie to jump in.

Here's the thing: Chris Christie is the rare politician who does what he says.

As New Jersey governor, he's made tough budget cuts and taken on teachers unions and other entrenched interests.

Christie is pro-life - but not an ideologue - and he doesn't engage in the more extreme rhetoric of the tea party.

As one top Republican who watched Rick Perry's debate performance put it, Christie "can string a sentence together."

Christie's aides tell the Wall Street Journal that the governor has received a "relentless" stream of calls over the last week urging him to run; but they insist that his answer is still "no."

And there are several reasons Christie might yet decide to sit this one out:

He has no national fundraising apparatus. He's been governor for less than two years - which limits his record.

Christie himself has said he doesn't feel in his heart that he is "ready"... and Politico reports a source close to Christie says the governor doesn't think he's prepared on all the issues and is "leery of learning on the fly."

Here’s my question to you: Should Chris Christie join the Republican race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

I don't think he would fit in. He doesn't seem to be a racist. I think he may be a reasonable guy. He can get a whole sentence out without his mouth filling up with crap and he sounds intelligent. Nope, he just doesn't fit in.

This election belongs to the incumbent. Serious candidates will protect their image and show up in 2016 rather than take on Obama in 2012. That includes Jeb Bush as well as Governor Christie. That is why this field of candidates stinks.

Jeff in Bossier City, Louisiana:
I'd vote for him and I'm a liberal Democrat!

Denis in North Carolina:
I would say no because he needs more experience. He is young enough that a future race with all the experience that he will gain will give him a good shot. Running a state versus the country is a big step so you do not want to fail.

Annie in Atlanta:
You're in a better position to answer this than I am. Isn't he your governor? From the little exposure we've had to him, not sure how that Northeast tough-guy attitude would play nationally. Personally, I find it refreshing, but Chicago's my home town. Southern women may get the vapors.

Rachel in Fresno California on Facebook:
I think it would be a great strategic move for the Republican Party. I believe he is the only Republican who has a shot at winning. I'm a Democrat, and even I would certainly consider giving him my vote. I'm sure other Democrats feel the same way.

Rex in Oregon:
Oh please, Chris, join. The libertarian fringe is represented. The lunatic narcissistic frumps are represented. The holy roller Bible thumpers are represented. The rich business tycoons are represented. Us fat people need a representative, so go for it!

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  1. Larry -Denver

    Before he "joins the race" perhaps he needs to stand back and watch to see if our government shuts down. I would predict that if that happens everyone currently up for re-election will be voted out. I would make a concerted effort to champion that cause. WE are so broken that Christie may carry a big stick (mouth), but he cant possibly make change without majority. You can see what our 2 and one half party system is doing now. STUCK.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  2. John from Alabama

    Jack: The more the merry as the republicans say. Chris Christie might want to clean up New Jersey a little more before entering the race for president. If Chris Christie were to run as an independent with the backing of New York's Mayor Bloomberg, he might have a chance to shake things up. Some say run now for 2016, but it does cost a great deal of money to run for president. Now, if Sarah Palin were to enter the race, maybe we would get to a cat fight. Oh,Boy!!

    September 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  3. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    FYI: I am from New Jersey. Chris Christie said he was not ready for such an office. He would also have a tough race getting elected governor of New Jersey again. Sorry. And before you even ask, no third Bush, either. They have damaged the country more than enough.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  4. pat in Michigan

    I don't know Jack .Do you think there is enough room for him in the clown car?

    September 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. bonnie from NJ

    Everyone thinks he is the savior, he has a lot of big ideas but not that much has happened here in NJ. I didn't vote for him but I do like some of his ideas. However, since he has played the republican card and flatly refuses to raise taxes on the wealthy but had no problem with a huge increase in the tolls to cross into NYC that affects mostly middle class people I have a big problem with him. Just more of the same.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Probably not. I tend to agree with Christie's own assessment, that he really isn't ready for the national stage, and he would be better off to bide his time.

    No matter how much the party pressures him, he really isn't ready to take on the challenges of the Presidency.

    I do think he will remain a driving force within the party, though, as will Mitch Daniels. I would like to see Daniels considered for the VP spot, personally. He is a very good money manager.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  7. Dan K

    Jack: Why not. it will inject another ultra conservative into the mix? We need a moderate candidate, not one so radical with their ideas! One who cares about the elderly, education and the jobless, and not with just one thing in their brain (enhancing the rich of this country)!!!

    Dan Kashefska Owens Cross roads, Alabama

    September 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  8. john thomas

    I don't think he would fit in. He doesn't seem to be a racist, I think he may be a reasonable guy, he can get a hole sentence out without his mouth filling up with crap and he sounds intelligent. No he just don't fit in Jack.
    John Thomas, Fl. Keys

    September 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  9. Tina Tx

    Sure why not. The party turns on their candiate more than any I have ever seen. Romney don't have it and Perry has lost it so Christie is the next flavor of the month and what happens when Christie's glow wanes, who next?

    September 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  10. Jk from Minnesota

    I could care less whether he does or doesn't. It's highly stressful and I hope he considers whether his health will be compromised by running. If he does decide to run, he'd better think twice about pandering to that far right wingnut faction or he'll lose support of the majority like me in the middle.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Rick, Medina, OH


    Sensible Republicans have a problem ... (and a bet to make!) If they bet Obama will win re-election, they rightly appear statesman-like and shy of the foray! Otherwise, they add their voices to the chorus! The smartest know they have plenty of time to choose ...

    Medina, OH

    September 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  12. hongli from Tor.Cda

    For what reason Jack ? They aready have a DICTATOR in Perry,a FLIP-FLOPPER in Romney and a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR in Bachmann. Wow! I'm exhausted.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  13. Pete in Milton, FL

    Ha ha ha! He should join the HUMAN race...and so should a lot of other Republicans. (betcha this was the most common response you got to this question, Jack.)

    September 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  14. Dennis north carolina

    I would say no because he needs more experience. He is young enough that a future race with all the experience that he will gain will give him a good shot.Running a state versus the country is a big step so you do not want to fail.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  15. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    If he really wants to be President, he will sit this one out and let someone else be sacrificial lamb for the GOP. While he could do the decisive yet sane Governor part that Reagan did, he is not running against a Carter. The minute Obama killed bin Laden, the whole 1980 again meme had no meaning.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  16. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    They don't need another loudmouth. What the republicans need is Sarah Palin. If she were to join the debates just imagine what fun it would be to watch her answer questions in her very own special way. More people will tune in and the debates will be rated the best reality show.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  17. kathy from peoria az

    No! How about this! Instead of joining the race, get Chris Christie to bully Congress back to work unless he is to busy using the states helicopter to fly to one of his kids game. Is there any republican that really truly cares about the American people and not their own self interest. If their is I haven't seen any evidence of it yet. They just came off a 5 week recess and now are on one again. If any of them really truly cared about the American people they would be working night and day to get this country going in the right direction instead of politics as usual.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  18. calaurore9

    No, he has lots of common sense and speaks his mind, which appeals to lots of us. But, he's says he's not ready. Plus, once he gets in, Tea Partiers won't like something. He's from Jerzey, not from Roswell.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    September 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  19. Ken Victoria BC

    Yes. The more the merrier. Lets have a race that will be truly amassing. I need a good laugh every day and they can provide Mr. Jon Steward with material. Thank you GOP racers to the bottom.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  20. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    This election belongs to the incumbent. Serious candidates will protect their image and show up in 2016 rather than take on Obama in 2012. That includes Jeb Bush as well as Governor Christie. That is why this field of candidates stinks.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  21. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Yes,Jack,he should get into the race,wouldn't it be great to have two candidates who tell it like it really is,Cain and Christie,that could work either way,talk about a dynamic duo!!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  22. Peg from NY

    Good heavens, NO! We do not need another GOP blowhard.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  23. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Absolutely Jack,He has the right stuff so why not......................we need someone to save our country from congress

    September 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  24. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Why not and also bring on Sarah Palin and Bozo the Clown. Mr. Christie at least seems to have a heart, a brain and something not very common in Washington, it's called common sense. My concern would be how much will he owe the people that are trying to buy him.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  25. Pete from Georgia

    Uh, who's Chris Christie ???
    The name sounds like some "bubble gum" teeny bopper singer with an instant Top 40 Hit.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  26. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    Oh please Chris join.

    The libertarian fringe is represented. The lunatic narcissistic frumps are represented. The holy roller bible thumpers are represented. The rich bidnez tycoons are represented. Us fat people need a representative, so go for it!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  27. Annie, Atlanta

    You're in a better position to answer this than I am. Isn't he your governor? From the little exposure we've had to him, not sure how that NE tough-guy attitude would play nationally. Personally, I find it refreshing, but Chicago's my home town. Southern women may get the vapors.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  28. JM from DFW

    Chris Christie is an excellent man with character. I would hope that he would not associate with this group of Republicans. He has a great chance in the future if he continues to do what he is doing.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  29. Kevin SD CA

    The more the merrier at this juncture! Let’s hang them all out to dry a under a nice hot spot light!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  30. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    As an unabashed Obamaphile, I pray every day for Governor Christie's entry into the Republican primary field. As proven by Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Perry, GOP hot air balloons are easily deflated by the pinprick of any scrutiny.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  31. Jef

    I'd vote for him and I'm a liberal democrat!!!

    Bossier City, LA

    September 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  32. pat, Idaho

    It doesn't sound like he's doing so hot in his home state, Idaho is a Repulican state and this is the first I've ever even heard of him, therefore I think NOT.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  33. Tom in Desoto, TX

    No, there are many just like him already. He's become a media darling of the right but he's a flavor of the month with as much time in office as Palin had. Big on parades, fireworks and striking up the band selling the sizzle before what he does can be analyzed.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  34. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    Why don't some of the 'big' guns already in congress from the Republican party that claim to know so much and continue to put the democrats down whether they're right or wrong get in there [the pig pen] with the other hog wailers and run to run things"!"? Is it just to "cushy" where they're @ now???
    *** "WE" don't need any in the race just elect Ron Paul and save us the embarrassment and expense. If all the candidates would contribute their 'campaign collections to the gov we'd solve the deficit problem (( inc: ZERObama ))

    September 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  35. Loren

    What have we got to lose?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  36. LA Belle

    The more the merrier. It would be interesting to hear one more Republican tell us how he will fix the problems that they created in the first place. The Republicans should have been outraged about the mounting debt during the W. Bush years, instead of ignoring it as it was happening.

    The idea that attacking the taxpayers and their tax paid-for SS to fix the debt is insanity on the Republicans behalf. Is corruption and theft part of the Constitution?

    Ruby (Louisiana)

    September 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  37. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should Chris Christie join the Republican race?

    Sure another clown in that 3 ring circus would be fun. Question is is there any room in the clown car for him? Already too many clowns as it is.

    Roseville CA

    September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  38. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Why not, Jack! But how would he fit in the Republican clown car full of candidates?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  39. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Sure, Jack. Why Not? just adds another flavor to the current Republican granola miix of flakes and nuts.

    btw, from polls I have seen I don't think Christie could get re-elected in New Jersey right now. so how in the world does he win the Presidency?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  40. Paul From Austin Texas

    It is not he shouildn't run but with so many in the field it makes the GOP look like they coudn't fix a paper cut. They need to unite behind one or at least two candidates to look serious about the next election and ablity to fix or try to fix things as they are. Cain may find his way near the top if all this dog and pony show continues.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  41. Ann from Charleston SC

    I don't know much about Chris Christy, but from reports I've heard he might be a good candidate. At this point in time I plan to vote for Obama, but I do want the Republicans to put up a good candidate who would do right by our country were he elected. The front runners we have so far are pretty weak, and I would hate to see them win the presidency.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  42. Terri from Blountville, TN

    No, he should finish his term as governor then take take that step. Why won't politicians finish out their terms?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  43. Mycroft

    Jack , No, because there is a good chance he expose himself as yet another dim witted Republican candidate and the boat is full of those. Since the Tea Party is controlling the GOP, the GOP should give them what they want and it's Ron Paul , I don't know if Tea Partyists can be educated, or if their beliefs prevent them from learning, but it's sad they have real candidate and aren't even able to recognize him. Now, who ever wins the GOP seat, is going to need the Cheerleader (Palin) and Joe the Plumber. They could really energize the ridiculus GOP base, of the selfishly rich and the ignorant.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  44. Steve in Bloomington IN

    Why not? He's a heart attack waiting to happen just like our government is. He at least seems a little less "paid for by PACs" than the others, but probably only because he isn't in yet. I hear the Koch's, and other right wing bizzillionaires are dying to throw their money at him. That's all that matters any more, right?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  45. Bob H. from Orlando, FL

    Dear Jack:

    From just seeing Gov. Christie's schedule for this week, one has to wonder if he truly is sizing up his chances. The Road to the White House is a long trail filled with curves, hills, and the unexpected. Almost sounds like a theme park ride!
    In any event, the Republican mystery train continues to chug along with the " Who Will It Be-Who Will It Be-Who Will It Be " sound from its engine. It is what makes politics interesting before the primary season begins. All of the Republican candidates have many things to say, but what truly matters are what their plans are should they run against an incumbent. Its easy to criticize when you are on the outside looking in; but what the Republican candidate brings to the table is what really counts. It should be interesting to see where Gov. Christie stands on the issues. As they say in your business – Jack – we'll have to stay tuned.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  46. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Christie should run a 26 mile marathon before he runs for President....

    September 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  47. Sylvia from San Diego

    Only if he is truely committed to taking on the job.... It doesn't matter who the republican candidate will be because I will vote for them. Anybody is better then Obama!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  48. Bill of New Mexico

    By all means!

    Any new face in the Republican Race is an improvement!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  49. Gary H. Boyd

    Not quite yet Jack. Christie's gotta wait until all the current contenders have fired their last shot then step in to save the day. Fat guys always make good Presidents because they're so loveable. Who can forget William Howard Taft?

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  50. myrtlemay lee

    Sure – I'd love to see him run (literally). There's only 2 GOP candidates I respect & only one I think has a chance of defeating Obama. I would love to see Christie run on a platform that promises that he will make the whole country as wholesome & well-off as NJ. There's a few Comedy Central routines in those commercials! You should know I was born & raised in the Garden State, but went over the wall 7 years ago. LOL.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  51. Ros.....Illinois

    No, we don't need a Dictator for our President. We would be like the third world countries, living on bark and dirt and dieing beside the road. I can't stand the man. It hasn't been too long that they didn't want a heavy lady in President Obama's cabinet, nor on the Supreme Court. Christie is much heavier and has a big Ego.
    I will vote for our Present President and am very satisfied with him.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  52. James (Denver)

    Why not? Sarah Palin too. And Guliani. Who else can we get? Chuck Norris? Ann Coulter? Jeb Bush? Paul Ryan? Might as well fill the stage and do this thing American Idol style. Let Simon Cowell moderate the debates and chime in with his honest opinions to the candidates remarks. Let them all sing patriotic songs and let the people vote for the true patriot. Maybe Dancing with the Candidates instead of with the Stars. Palin and Perry will now do a Witless Waltz. Ron Paul and Michelle Bachman, the Tea Party Tango. Let's make this truly American!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  53. Larry, Boston MA

    Christie is not the savior people want him to be. They thought Perry was. How'd that work out? Christie is better than two-thirds of the candidates, but his equivocation about the NJ-NY rail link and ultimate rejection of that forward-looking project leavesme skeptical.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  54. bud rupert

    People forget that in order to be a part of this craziness it takes the backing of ones spouse. Being Governor is one thing – running for the Presidency is quite another. It's a grind many people call – insanity So, when Chris Christy tellis everyone that – he's not ready – it just may be that the idea to make a run for the White House was NIXED sometime ago. I don't think he wants to be in that big house all by himself. It's just a thought Jack

    September 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  55. Patti

    Yes! Cabot Arkansas

    September 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  56. Kenneth from California

    I'm a registered (NP) no party voter, so I guess it is up to the Republican's to decide who can do the most damage to the American people. Christie though, looks like, pardon the pun, a heavy weight in that respect.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  57. Lorne, Redmond, Calif

    How can Christie join the Republican race now, after all his "Aw shucks, I'm not ready" rhetoric and his well-staged and well-aired vehement prounoucements that family comes first, and his just ain't ready yet either. ... Easy, just line them up with brave little smiles on their angelic faces and determined little declarations of sacrifice for their country, and the ample governor fro New Jersey can get busy knocking off the cowboy governor from Texas for the top spot. ... Does anyone really believe he's not going to run?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  58. Mark, Indiana

    No...the robust governor of New Jersey will have the same affliction as the governor of Texas – hoof-in-mouth! Personally, I am not happy with any of those running. Personally, I am still holding out for a hero, a real leader to come along. Personally, I think perhaps it's time for a Draft Mitch Initiative. Yes, the Indiana governor ruled out a run in deference to his wife, but I hope that if the party calls on him to serve, his wife will relent and he will run. At this stage, nothing short of a brokered convention may be what is needed.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  59. Bob, N.C.

    Why would he, when only part of the party gets been their guy. The Republican Party doesn't know who they want. Some want Mit,some want Perry,and some have been wanting Christie. The truth is they cann't pick any one canidate to get behind. The only one running that looks, talks,and acts presidential is Jon Huntsman, and neither the GOP or the media will give him the time of day. So I say no. Christie should not waste his time or money when it seems the the Tea Party has the GOP turned up side down.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  60. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    What is the difference, any Republican in the White House will have the House of Representatives say yes to any junk the President throws at them. Yes Virginia, like Bush.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  61. easynan

    Christie is a stroke about to happen. When Reince Priebus says there is still time for someone to enter, the Republican Party is in real trouble.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  62. Bruce Simon

    I think Chris Christie is incredible!
    He's a breath of fresh air in this current foul air political environment.
    He tells it like it is even though many people just don't want to hear it.
    Jack Nickolson's quote "You can't handle the truth!" is so applicable today when nobody's willing to alter the entitlement programs that the country and states can no longer afford.
    Christie is a pragmatist who can make things happen.
    He would be a fabulous president!
    Montclair, NJ

    September 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  63. Lori - PA


    As much as I would like to see Christie join the Republican Presidential race, I don't believe it's a good idea. Republicans were happy when Perry joined the race, but look how quickly the happiness soured. The same could happen if Christie does decide to run. Also, there are already too many Republicans running. Some we don't even know about because the media, unless there's a good sound-bite, ignores them. The best thing Christie could do is continue to serve as Governor of New Jersey and gain the experience necessary to run for President in 2016.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  64. Curmudgeon, Centereach NY

    Why on earth should he run for president? With a country of superficial voters, spendthrift progressives, leftist reporters and mean-spirited politcal cartoonists, he should stay right where he is and wait for the country to grow up.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    tampa, fl no. like so many people the media has picked to run, Palin, Perry, and now Christy, we don't need any more of these self serving, incompetent people in this race.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  66. s in fl

    You bet, Jack! Misery loves company and the GOP choice is about as miserable as it gets.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  67. perry jones

    can not trust any one fron the east coast their conservitives are more liberal than the midewest democrats and he is a establishment republican our next presadent is Mr. Cain

    September 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  68. Paul P.

    No, its too late for him to get his name out on a national scope. With the GOP tendency not to favor people who have tried to run previously, its better for Christie to hone his political skills another four years. Perhaps by then Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren might be inspired to run for the Democrats and we'll have political debates in this country that will be worth the price of admission.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  69. Larry in Houston

    sure why not ? I predict Palin is waiting for some of the 'debates' are over with, so she can get in sometime next summer, then end up getting the nomination, this way, Obama is sure to get re-elected.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  70. Terry in Virginia

    No. He's smart enough to see the handwriting on the wall that the GOP will be tossed out in 2012, including the Tea Party incumbents, especially now that the GOP is clearly playing games with disaster funds, veterans' payments, etc. Gov. Christie will have a better chance in 2016 when he runs against Mark Warner for President.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  71. Kenny Carcaterra

    If Chris Christie were serious about doing what was right for America, he would put his personal ambition aside and lend his endorsement and support to Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the only candidate telling the truth and seriously addressing the issues. It's time the Republican's stop looking for some savior and get behind the real front-runner.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  72. Dave - Phx, Az

    No. He should build his resume a bit more and do some actual good first. This is just another person that the rabid right wingers are frothing over because they want to remove the black president. Why wont anyone in the media but Bill Maher call it what it is. Extreme racism.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  73. lou

    If he's serious about becoming president he should wait to run in 2016. Despite the economy Obama is going to be hard to beat. He's going to paint all republicans with a broad brush when he campaigns on their refusal to raise millionaire's taxes while wanting to 'tinker' with entitlements. I think that's why a lot of the sane, promising republican candidates, like Mitch Daniels and Christie, are biding their time.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  74. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Does the media have nothing better to do than speculate about someone running who has said he's not running in every way he knows how? PLEASE stop asking us about Chris Christie and get back to more relevant subjects-like Sarah Palin!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  75. Jeff In Minnesota

    Governor Christie certainly has a good story to tell. But I'm not sure he's the right man for the job unless we allow him to discipline Senators and Representatives that are uncooperative. LOL

    September 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  76. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan


    To often the one trying to do the saving gets pulled under by the one drowning, Christie is to wet behind the ears yet and needs to grow up some more to be able to come onto the world stage. Let him mature.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  77. Steve

    NO...when one has the wisdom to know he's not ready, we should accept that.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  78. Mr. D

    Isn't that refreshing, a politician that admits he isn't ready for the highest office in the land. Too bad Obama didn't admit the same thing in 2008.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  79. Karl in Flint

    Yes we have had enough looney tunes already and it time for the feature event. Send the nut jobs packing and bring out the serious contenders. Ones that have a plan for America instead of a delusional manifestation.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  80. curtis in philadelphia

    Let me get this straight: some Republicans want a current Governor who has yet to complete his first-term as governor to run for President, while other Republicans want a former Governor who quit halfway through her first term as governor to run; all the while Republicans say that Obama doesn't have the experience to be President. Excuse me Jack, but I think two years as President of the United States trumps two years as governor of both Alaska and New Jersey combined. To answer your question: no.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  81. David, from Plant City Florida

    No, like all the rest of the recently elected republicans he is corrupt and just as bad as Rick Perry.
    If the republicans want to win 2012 they better swallow their bibles and guns and vote in a moderate instead of a Right Wing extremist who does nothing but pander to the Religious and the Rich

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  82. Ralph Nelson

    No. He is immature. He is a bully (worse trait). He is an apparent thug. Word is he is unpopular now and worn out his welcome in New Jersey. He has less than four years experience. The former mayor of New York, the former governor of New York, the former governor of Florida...these guys are all qualified. He is not.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  83. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Yes. Chris Christie is a no-nonsense kind of guy, which is what this country needs. I believe he could stand up to Congress's nonsense and bring America back to the forefront if he made it into office.So far he's better than anyone currently in the GOP race. Once November 2012 comes along, if it's Christie vs. Obama, I'll vote for Christie. But if Obama ends up running against one of the Republican fools in the race now, I'll have to vote again for Obama.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  84. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    The Republicans might as well throw in the towel..unless the former governor of Alaska suddenly announces she will make another run for the White House. Bachmann is a Palin wannabe, Perry's star is burning out as fast as it fired up, Romney isn't really much of a candidate. Ron Paul is another Ross Perot, and Herman Cain is too unknown for even other unknowns. Chris Christie should simply stick to his guns and remain out of the race.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  85. Margie from phoenix

    I like him already he looks a little like Norm on Cheers . Surely he could do as good as the one that is in there now if elected.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  86. andyz Lynn, MA

    I went to the Oracle and heard the portends; here comes Sarah. Be afraid America. Be very afraid. Please don't let a quitter become President.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  87. Kent - Iowa City, Iowa

    First off I've got say that I don't agree with where Christie stands on some things, but he seems to be a realist and more sane than any of the current Republican candidates.

    But the truth behind why I would like to see him enter the race is that he doesn't want to run. He's humble enough to actually consider that he may not be qualified which makes him way more qualified than any of the others that are already running.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  88. david

    NO ! he is a defeatist..we dont need slick perceptions of hard decisions that still allow corporate welfare

    September 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  89. marybeth, massachusetts


    There's always plenty of room in the clown car, so if do as I say and cut the budget to the bones and not as I do oh let me use a state helicopter to go to my kid's game, thanks suckers, oops I mean taxpayers Christie, then he should join the race. He'll fit right in with the other hypocrites running for the Republican nominee.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  90. Dave


    Here is my feelin', he should not get in. The field is already crowded. This is what these people should do. Cain, Romney, Bachmann and Perry should stay in and every else get out. Also. By mid March there should only be two, like Cain and somebody else.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  91. Gordon L. McBride

    Why would anyone in their right mind ever want to join the Republican Party, whatever it stands for?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  92. phil

    no, don't need another loudmouth in a covey of loudmouths. Besides, he should be brain in gear afore he makes public statements. hollerin' don't do it.
    ocala, florida (phil)

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  93. KC

    I just can't see someone who has to be completely prodded into it winning anything. Campaigning is grueling and if the only reason you are doing it is because a bunch of people pressured you into it with money, do you really think they can take the trail? Also I frankly don't think he's quite crazy enough. Anyone who isn't for crazy does have one or two candidates to look at. And 2 years of elective service? Really? That qualifies him less than those who criticized Obama's 11 years.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  94. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I think Christie only weighing's the republican party down. He has no new ideas and nothing more then the typical republican mantra. The republicans need a Knight in shining armor and that just does not exist except in fairly tales.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Sandra

    Sure, let's toss another one into the pot.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  96. Kathy (Calhoun, GA)

    PLEASE let this idiot run for President and be the Republican nominee! That would guarantee Obama's re-election chances. He is a bully and an idiot with no real knowledge of the real lives of Americans.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  97. Gail, Plano TX.

    If he does, Jack, then he was a liar when he said he would not run. I like him, but do not think he is ready to be President. He needs time to grow. 2016 may be his year!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  98. Linda in Arizona

    Should? I have no idea. Will? I doubt it.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  99. TinA Spagnola

    I will vote for you if you run for Pres. Please save our party!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  100. Gigi Oregon

    I wouldn't vote for him, he's not ready, carries to much pork and those out of work are to lean. It's time to pick a candidate from those running. If he is that great of a whiz kid...his party is disappointing to the middle class, elderly and jobless...he has no hope. Remember congress has the lowest poll rating and they can thank the Tea Party. Many of we seniors don't drink Tea any longer in protest.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  101. Guy-Texas

    Do the words "PLEASE RUN" ring a bell.

    President Obama showed losing to a ficticious Republican not in the present group of candidates. The leaders in the Republican group are losing straw polls because no one really wants them as president.

    In short Gov. Christie if you are watching this CNN telecast for the best interests of our country and the future generations of our family and yours.................please run for President. The majority of us Americans want to tell President Obama "Your Fired" ! ! !

    September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  102. Mark

    Absolutely! but, the reason he is NOT in the race is that he is actually QUALIFIED to be president, so thus....he is not running. Thus our government is left with the incompetents who have egos bigger than their brains to run things.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  103. Leisa

    I could care less if he runs, I am a Paulite. The question should be aimed at the New Jersey residents THEY would be greatly impacted by a change in their state leadership.My opinion is he should complete the job he was elected to perform because commitment matters in my book

    September 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  104. Rudy Padgett

    If he can beat Romney or Perry, sure!

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  105. Sandstone.

    "Well yes I think he should join the race, like all party's, by the size of this guy, they will will someone to eat up the scaps, that's left at other parties!"

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  106. Midwest Jim

    No! And please stop wasting our time talking with or about him, Trump and Palen - all those not running for President.
    The bully governor needs to stay in New Jersey– his self proclaimed business paradise.
    Christie needs a few more years to show he's not just hot air and has a real way to create jobs.
    Check his record on his state budget and layoffs of teachers and public servants before you promote him to savior.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  107. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    As New Jersey governor, he's made tough budget cuts and taken on teachers unions...because teachers are the real problem. What is it with republicans attacking teachers, firemen, policemen and "other entrenched interests"? These are the people we actually want to support with our tax dollars. Not helicopter rides and limo service. If he does get into the race he will be just another target for comedians.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  108. Ernest Goubault

    I would love to see Chris Christie enter the race. He is a no nonsense guy who will really connect with the people who are
    sick and tired of the same old crap most of the others are trying to sell.

    Ed – San Jose Costa Rica

    September 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  109. Bill in PA

    Gov. Christie join presidential nomination race? – N O.
    There are already enough civil service job cutters,medicare cutters, social security closers, research demolishers, education closers, local tax increase rs in the running we would NOT benefit from another. Property taxes in New Jersey are very high!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  110. Alexander McAnneny (Paris France)

    Woodrow Wilson went from being a Princeton President to Governor of New Jersey to President of the United States in about a 3 year span. Christie would be a welcome boost to a GOP field which seems to be continuously changing it's identity every three days.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  111. AB

    Chris Christy is a very wise man not to do something he isn't ready for–Run for the Presidency in 2012. He is a one term governor with very limited executive experience. He has alienated the unions, teachers, minorities and other groups of voters. The very fact that the Republican leadership is practically begging him to enter the race belies their plight of not having a viable candidate who can seriously take on and beat Obama. None of the Republican candidates are viable. They don't stand a chance against Obama and would be easily beaten in 2012. Winning the staw poll does not make for a viable candidate.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  112. Bobby E.Lahmon

    Sure why not ? it's apparent that the current field of candidates are just not cutting the mustard,if they lack the full support of their own base,God only knows where the stand with the rest of the electorate,

    September 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  113. Kathy Cox

    No! NO! Does NOT LOOk Healthy

    September 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  114. Ken in NC

    One more Rat simply means less cheese for the rest of the pack and from the looks of that Pack Rat, the rest of the Pack might not get much cheese at all.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  115. Jamie, Tacoma WA

    No. The GOP will need at least one sane person to run in 2016

    September 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  116. Michael O.

    The Republicans already have some no-nonsense candidates. The problem is that the Right isn't ready to handle someone who actually has real potential to do good for this country.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  117. Randy in Charleston

    At least Christie could tell a Whopper and we'd know he was talking about food instead the usual lies coming out of Congress.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  118. Jane - WI

    Chris Christie should join the field.
    As I recall, Barack Obama also said that he was not going to run in 2008 because he felt he was not ready to be President. We all saw that he changed his mind and ran. However, I guess you could say that he was right the first time.....he definitely was not ready to be President, and we are all suffering from his inexperience and lack of leadership.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  119. Barbara Egger

    Everyone I know here in NJ hates Christie with his arrogance and disdain for working people. We'd love to get him out of NJ, but the country doesn't need any more enemies of the middle class in Washington.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  120. David

    Nothing would please me more. Were he to run for president, perhaps NJ could get a governor they liked. However, I shudder with the thought that the entire public education system in our country would be bullied, brutalized, and butchered.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  121. Jordan Lund

    If Christie doesn't feel he can take on Obama then he shouldn't enter the race. It doesn't matter if he wins the GOP nomination if he gets politically slaughtered in the general election.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  122. PiedType

    I've liked what I've seen of him so far and was hoping he'd get into the race back before the current bunch of candidates even broke from the gate. I'm an independent who could vote Republican if they'd just nominate someone who isn't foaming at the mouth with right-wing rabies.

    Susan R

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  123. MSOHL Sarasota Fl

    Chris is so overweight he'd probably die under the stress. As a Democrat, I had , in my mind, chosen him for 2016 as the Democratic candidate. He's terrific!

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  124. Frank N

    Christie might have taken on the teacher's unions, but he has hurt the students of New Jersey. He has taken millions of dolllars away from the public schools that DO work. I do not want him hurting public schools around the US. As a Republican teacher, I prefer he stay out. I would hate to not vote for a Republican for President, but if Christie is in, I cannot support him.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  125. None of the above in SC

    Should the large man form NJ join the race? The long answer is NO.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  126. Steve Lubetkin

    I hope Christie does run for president. It would get him out of New Jersey before he can do completely irreparable damage to teachers, working people, poor people, and all the people who depend on our government to be a compassionate source of support to those who don't have any other safety net, often through no fault of their own. He has demonized our teachers as thugs and our working people and their labor organizations, while letting his millionaire pals pretend to be farmers so they can take advantage of a farming loophole that lets them pay next to nothing in NJ property taxes. His Economic Development people were all set to give $400K in tax credits to the abominable "Jersey Shore" reality show for producing it in New Jersey - even though the illiterate young people it depicts are not representative of the millions of hardworking people in NJ. The tax benefits only got stopped because the people rose up against it and Christie knew he couldn't get it through without a lot of bad press. I wish him well in his bid for the presidential nomination. We won't have to kick him around any more in NJ.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  127. Justin

    YES! Governor Christie is today, what we need. A real person, a real answer and no sugar coating. Vote Christie! Go all the way with overwhelming support. Something new for the Republicans this year.
    Justin in Illinois

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  128. Luigi

    Yes. Christie did not see a clear path t0o succeeding before and thats why he did not run. After Perry's quick rise and subsequent fall, he may now see that there is a spot for him. I think that this would be great for the country. Any Republican who can do pension reform in the state of New Jersey with a liberal legislature deserves to be considered.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  129. Sparky in Sausalito

    Id vote for him now before the far extreme conservatives pressure him to move more to the right. In 5 years he will be so much more conservative I probably would not vote for him.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  130. Richard

    I firmly believe one must accept opportunities when they knock on the door – not when one would like them. Opportunity is knocking at Christie's door now. When he thinks he is ready, opportunity may not knock again. So yes he should grab the opportunity now and not wait. There are many other has beens who waited for the right moment and were passed by by Fate. He has more experience than Obama and is more literate than the other Republicans. I may not agree with everything Christie stands for but the country needs a strong person with spine – like Christie.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Matt Montgomery

    sure, why not, you can never have enough clowns at the circus.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  132. Bill, Florida

    Christie who?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  133. Mitch

    He said he doesn't have enough experience to be President of the United States and I think he's right. Obama once said the same thing and he was right, too.

    Miami, Florida

    September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  134. Benjamin Antoine

    Jack we can't afford someone with lack of experience in the white house again,we need to leave Chris alone cause he is not ready for that .

    September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  135. Tom Topolski

    No means no. He said he wouldn't run and he's a man of his word, right? The GOP doesn't know what they want.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  136. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Chris Christie is the perfect role model for our future fast food nation. Almost all new jobs created in America will be for hamburger flippers, pizza dough spinners, sandwich artists and barristas. Who else but Governor Christie can convince college graduates to embrace a carreer as an assistant manager in a fast food corporation?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  137. Matt

    In keeping with the current Republican philosophy of cuts before additional spending, I think he should come in only if at least two other candidates drop out first. Besides, if he jumps, he might accidentally crush Bachman.
    Saint Augustine, Fl

    September 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  138. DeDe of Connecticut

    I say yes to New Jersey governor Chris Christie throwing his hat into the ring. I have watched all the debates and I am not impressed with any Republican .. Governor Christie impressed me when warning the people of New jersey with the statement "Get the hell off the beaches" before Hurricane Irene hit .

    September 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  139. Bert from Princeton, NJ

    If Christie is not running, then why do I keep seeing every inch of the front lawn of Drumthwacket (the Governor's Mansion) covered with cars night after night. The reason is obvious: he's raising money for a presidential run.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  140. Hiram

    It seems that Christie is on the right track, he should not run. He has zero experience and unlike his fellow gop cronies, he his far more intelligent. This is why I gringe at the thought of having a Palin or a Perry as president stupity seems to be a requrement.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  141. Jean Gunset

    Jack, No. He ran in NJ to fix our state, he needs to finish the task. We got rid of a pretty good governor in Corzine, Christie needs to complete the job he promised us and prove his jersey-ness is really all it's cracked up to be. He's tough talk'n, less see him follow through in NJ before taking on the USA. Jean G from Mahwah, NJ

    September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  142. Carlton Colquitt

    Gov. Christie is a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen. He is grossly obese. Given enough stress, he'd croak right in the middle of a crisis. Maybe they can afford that in New Jersey. But not in the White House.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  143. maria larkin


    I live in NJ and would hate to lose him as our Governor, but the country needs him more.
    signed, a once liberal Democrat

    September 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  144. charles

    TAKE MY GOVERNOR PLEASE! Christy runs New Jersey like another episode of The Sopranos. If he runs for president at least we will be rid of the creep.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  145. Robert

    Christie is honest, direct, and articulate - three adjectives that apply to him and no other GOP candidate. He should run.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  146. Trudy

    Not now, he's good and even though I am a democrat I would consider voting for him. As for any of the other loosers running now............. He needs to be better prepared.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  147. Paui from Connecticut

    As a long term Democrat and political animal, Chris Cristiie would be dangerous.......and that"s not a criticism but a compliment

    September 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  148. Walter

    While not a supporter of Christie, it is refreshing to see someone who understands and respects the obligations of the office in direct contrast to the contenders presently on display. Imagine a candidate who believes that the POTUS requires a certain level of experience and understanding in order to be effective. Sounds like a characteristic that's been missing for quite sometime. Perhaps he can become the type of leader this country sorely needs.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  149. Q Martinez

    Why not? Every one else is! The Republican party is taking the saying "the more the marrier" a bit to seriously. If Gov. Christie runs, so will I. Maybe he'll use the cast of the Jersey Shore as his economic advisors they know how to put people to work.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  150. Rose

    It doesn't matter who runs or who wins. Until we pull out of the war and put people back to work by bringing jobs back into this country not much is going to change. We need to take care of our own country now. Once we get our mess worked out then we can stretch our wings again.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  151. donna in Ohio

    Of course he should run. He is bigger than life and can handle the job. At least he is running a state frought with debt and trouble, and doing a remarkable job. If Obama can become President running nothing, then this more than qualifies Gov. Christie.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  152. Bob

    If you want to make a big deal out of Christie being on record as having said that he is not ready you should ask if Obama was or is now ready? Being a successful prosecutor and governor has to be a more impressive resume than community organizer turned senator who did nothing but vote present and grandstand, we now know hypocritically, about saddling our children with debt. Christie may be harsh with his words but he tells you the truth which is more than we can say about our current commander in chief. Nobody would dare question why Obama sends his kids to private schools and shuts down DC charter schools yet when you ask Christie he'll tell you its none of your business...It's not and it shouldn't preclude him from standing up to the teacher's union to get a fair deal for the taxpayer and for the children in the classrooms. This country needs someone who is good at straight talk, not someone who plays class warfare, gives marching orders, or worries more about politics than anything else 14 months out from their reelection.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  153. Maurice Reynolds

    I would think Christie would be much better than any of the other nothings. If only we could get Mitch Daniels to run. Of course we have to convince his family that we need him bad. Him and Christie would make one fine pair.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  154. Joe

    Jack, no he shouldn't.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  155. Drew - Indiana

    Yosemite Sam and Mini Mouse isn't working. The need Daffy Duck

    September 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  156. Lee in NJ

    Just as long as the Tea Party is running the Republican party, he doesn't stand a chance

    September 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  157. Peggy/Spokane

    Does this mean that you are giving up completely on Sarah Palin, Jack?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  158. Jim Hoffman Estates, IL

    As someone from home State of Illinois and someone who voted for Obama for the US senate, I would vote for Christie in a heart beat. Obama was a failure as a State senator and a U. S. Senator and as a President. We need someone who can actually be a leader and Christie is the only one of the whole bunch that may fit that bill.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  159. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Christie is an educated Palin, no experience and he know it, needs to wait until 2016, would be a front runner then. I bet he can see Canada from the front of his home.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  160. Jim


    Why not? The circus can always use another clown.

    Reno, Nevada

    September 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  161. Eric (Old Bridge, New Jersey)

    Hailing from Jersey, I am incredulous with all this talk of Christie running. Being an arrogant, rude, and spiteful bully might work here, but is this what we reallly want as President and leader of the free world?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  162. Ralph Spyer from Chicago Illinois

    Why Not, hypocrisy and the Republicans go hand in hand, , one candidate company knows how to created jobs , to bad there in another country, Another candidate in bed with big drug companys and gets kick backs. One wants to bomb Iran because he thinks Israeli is part of the United States, Another one keeps shouting 9 9 9 is this German for No No No ? One became a Catholic ,a lot of good that will do him.Christie sends his childred at the same tine cutting back on education in his state.HYPOCRICY party

    September 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  163. RG

    He's gotta join the human race first

    September 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  164. AVD

    give me a break guys. Christie, as good as he is, should not run. Every time Romney starts to get a lead, someone else in the GOP party feels they should step in or have someone else step in. Just let Romney win this – he knows budgets better than everyone else. Even , Obama fears Romney. What else is there?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm |