In reversal, source tells Irreverent View he is “less certain than ever” of governor’s intentions
By Chris Ingram
Speculation about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie entering the Republican presidential race has run rampant for weeks, but one thing more than any other suggests that the candidate has had a change of heart: his wife.
First lady of New Jersey Mary Pat Christie has heretofore poo-pooed the idea of the governor becoming a candidate for president. She and her husband have both repeatedly stated that the interests of their young children have put national ambitions on the back burner.
But Mrs. Christie has apparently started to reconsider. A source close to the Christies was recently quoted in the New York Post as saying, “She is willing to tolerate the campaign for the end result of her husband moving into the Oval Office.’’ This is an about-face from previous statements she has made that were emphatic in nature about the need to put the children’s interests ahead of all things political.
Another source close to the family told me today, “I am as uncertain as I have ever been about what the governor is going to do.” The same source last month told me with some certainty that he did not believe the governor was going to run for president, citing the all too familiar family concerns.
Governor Christie, who was somewhat of an accidental governor as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, won election in a three-way race. Prospects for his reelection as governor are slim, given that he has angered hard-core Democrats; being the spoiler in another three-way race is unlikely.
But Christie’s no-nonsense approach and call it like he sees it style would have tremendous appeal to Republican voters who appear to be souring to the poll-tested positions given by perceived front runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
Following Herman Cain’s Florida straw poll victory last week, voter discontent with the status quo is apparent. But most political observers (including yours truly) don’t believe Cain can win the nomination. The question is, will Christie jump on the opportunity and give the GOP hope in November?
My bet is Christie gets in the race and turns the presidential race on its head.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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