After weeks of speculation, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said unequivocally that he will not run for President of the United States in 2012. Some of the biggest names in Republican politics were urging Christie to jump in the race, but in a news conference yesterday, the Governor said, “It’s not my time.” The Governor went on to say, "I have a commitment to New Jersey that I will simply not abandon...So New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me."
Several Republican candidates released statements yesterday praising the New Jersey Governor, but for now, Christie says he is not ready to endorse anyone in particular. Christie’s wealthy campaign supporters are also moving on. Ken Langone, the billionaire founder of Home Depot, who led the effort in recent weeks to draft Governor Christie, told Charlie Rose that he is disappointed that Christie won’t run, but has now pledged his support to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. When asked if he made every attempt to convince Christie, Langone said, "I did everything but kiss him on the lips."