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Christie: ‘Now is Not My Time’

New Jersey governor Chris Christie put to rest speculation that he might join the fray for the 2012 GOP nomination Tuesday in a new conference after weeks of entreaties, saying “In the end, what was always the right decision remains the right decision today: Now is not my time.” Gov. Christie had previously indicated he didn’t want to run, but appeared to seriously consider the possibility amid a shifting field of Republican contenders. At a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in California, Christie had said he was “listening to every word” of calls for him to run.

David Chalian and Terence Burlij looked at how Christie was “beseeched by big money donors, elected officials, party elders, and energized Republican voters to run for president” in recent weeks in Tuesdays’ Morning Line.

In his news conference Christie pointed to continue his work as governor. “New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you are stuck with me,” he said. Christie did not rule out a run in the future.

Christie — who would have tied with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac poll — did not issue an endorsement of any other candidate.

We’ll have more on Christie’s decision, and the latest developments in the 2012 GOP nomination fight, on Tuesday’s NewsHour.

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