Unhappy with the current crop of GOP presidential choices, a group of Iowa’s top Republican campaign contributors are heading to New Jersey this week to try and bend Chris Christie’s arm back to run for the party’s 2012 nomination. I guess Newt Gingrich isn’t exciting enough for them.
Christie has repeatedly and emphatically said no to questions about running for President, however recent trips to The Heritage Foundation and New York City, and his national tour late last year to stump for the likes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, make it seem otherwise.
Let’s not forget that we’ve heard this song and dance before. Back in 2008, Christie said repeatedly he wasn’t interested in running for Governor. In fact, here’s a cartoon I drew back in September of 2008:
Regardless of his choice, folks in New Jersey don’t want him to run. In a new SurveyUSA poll for WABC-TV, only 15 percent said Christie should run for president and 73 percent said he shouldn’t.