Chris Christie: The Answer Was Always No
But 'serious people' made him reconsider
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2011 12:28 PM CDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends the swearing in of Donna Gallucio as New Jersey Superior Court judge, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in in Paterson, N.J.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – Chris Christie today told the world what he’s been telling it all along: He’s not running for president. “For me, the answer was never ever anything but no,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. He admitted that he had considered the idea “because when as many serious people really earnestly come to you and ask you to do it, I think you have an obligation to rethink it.”

Christie says he made his final decision last night, concluding that his work in New Jersey wasn’t finished. “It just never felt right for me to leave now,” he said. “New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you are stuck with me.” He didn’t endorse any of the other candidates, but he did say that he didn’t think the speculation surrounding him “says anything particular about the field.” He also ruled out a VP run saying, “I don’t think there’s anyone in America who would think my personality is necessarily best suited to being No. 2.”