New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday yesterday, stated that ‘I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as a Governor…that I am ready to be President of the United States.’
Christie’s statement was given in response to a question from Wallace concerning the Governor’s possible Presidential aspirations.
Wallace noted that a poll shows Christie leading the pack of possible Republican 2012 Presidential contenders.
According to Christie,
“I have a commitment to my state,” he said, adding that he’d only been governor for a year and New Jersey’s problems still need fixing.
“You have to believe in your heart that you’re personally ready to be president and I’m not there,” Christie said. “I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor … that I am ready to be president of the United States.”
“So I’m not going to run,” the governor said.
The poll which Wallace cited shows Christie beating Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup, 43 to 40 percent, in spite of the fact that the Governor is not yet recognized by a broad cross-section of the American public.
The Governor did, however, leave the door open for a possible run, stating, ‘Never say never.’
With current polls indicating that Obama would run even with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and beating both Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, Republicans are charged with the task of finding a candidate who has the best chance of beating Barack Obama.
Despite the fact that Obama’s job performance numbers have dipped into the upper 30% range, he remains personally popular with a significant number of Americans. That may not be enough, however, with predictions indicating continued economic woes stemming from the unsustainable debt and rising gasoline and food prices. Obama may find it impossible to escape blame if the next 2 years are marked by a continued worsening of the economy.
In addition, the housing market is now at its worst level since the 1930s–in the midst of the Great Depression.
And Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke predicted that it would be 5 years before jobless figures return to acceptable levels.
If these predictions pan out, then it may not matter who the Republicans decide to run against Obama. The dog catcher of Cullman County, Alabama could beat him unless there is a major economic turnaround.
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