In the words of the infamous Al Gore, “the debate is over,” when it comes to a possible Chris Christie 2012 run. Or at least that’s what I thought. Over the past several months, as calls for the New Jersey governor to throw his hat in the ring got louder and louder, his refusals to run intensified in kind. Over and over again, Christie has claimed that running for the highest office in the land doesn’t “feel right” currently and he does not want to jump into something in which he is not fully invested. Yet, the rumors continue despite the governor’s many statements attempting to squash them. Many on the right are unimpressed by our current candidates, but are strongly passionate about the New Jersey Governor. As they look to the 2012 GOP field, many are disappointed by what they see. Romney is too moderate; Perry can’t debate; Bachmann is too polarizing; etc. The only candidate anyone can seem to agree on is Chris Christie. Sure, he might have some iffy stances on issues such as global warming, but his “tell-it-like-it-is” attitude and ease behind the podium trump any doubts that many conservatives have about him. And the idea of a Obama/Christie debate? Heavenly.
Even though Christie bluntly stated his intention not to run on Tuesday in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the rumors of a 2012 run have done nothing but accelerate. According to various news outlets, including foxnews.com, “anonymous” sources close to the Governor have revealed that Christie is in fact still considering a run and will make a decision in the near future. Well, now I’m just confused. I had settled with the fact that he was not running a mere three days ago, but now he’s got my hopes up again. I swear, the GOP’s attachment to a 2012 Christie run is just as strong as Obama’s attachment to his Teleprompter. As the Governor said himself, “nothing short of suicide” could convince many that he is not running. So, I suppose until the debate will march on, at least until the primary deadline in a few weeks. After that, Christie will be locked out of the race officially. Yet, knowing the voracious Christie supporters in the GOP, the day he is officially out will be the same day calls for a VP run will begin.