When asked, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is emphatic in his answer that he will not run for president in 2012. This despite an ever increasing call from fellow Republicans in saying that is exactly what he should do. During a speech on Wednesday,Â he was quoted saying "my wife would kill me," to emphasize his opposition to running. Ann Coulter appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnle on Thursday saying she didn't care ifÂ he wanted to run, his country needs him.
However, a cursory review of the man's political history brings into question whether his true anxiety about running is about not wanting the spotlight of presidential candidate being shone upon him. Christie has been sued at least twice for making false statements about a political rival and a county contracted architect. As a prosecutor, he was accused of of using his office's role in crafting deferred prosecution agreements to award lucrative federal monitoring positions in no-bid contracts to friends, supporters, and allies. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Another problem for Christie is that his positions on some key issues are seemingly at odds with his own Party. For instance... Although he is pro-life, he said that he would not use the governor's office to "force that down people's throats." Something that will not fare well with the Christian Right at all. He's soft on immigration saying that simply "being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime." And although he is opposed to same-sex marriages, he supports New Jersey's law allowing civil unions.
The final straw on Christie's mind concerning the possibility of running may be his weight. No one with vision could possibly overlook the fact that Chris is a very obese man. And considering the grief Bill Clinton endured regarding his weight, Christie would assuredly be forced to endure a withering barrage of jokes and criticisms that would test anyone's ability to cope. Considering contemporary attitudes, it is highly unlikely that an obeseÂ person could ever be elected to the presidency.