POLITICO: Chris Christie: My family wants me to run
As originally appearing in Politico

BY NICK GASS

Chris Christie’s family is all in for a potential White House run, the Republican governor of New Jersey said Tuesday.

Christie’s remarks came Tuesday morning at a “Politics & Eggs” event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, according to The Associated Press.

Christie said that his wife and children are now completely supportive if he decides to seek the Republican nomination for president. Now, he said, according to AP, the decision comes down to whether he really wants to do it.

He said that he will make up his mind this month and will publicly announce his decision after that.

The development comes after what Christie has described as months of consultations with his family, with his children lining up on opposite sides of the issue.

“I mean, we’ve already had a lot of these conversations. And our oldest son, Andrew, is very positive and enthusiastic about it. It’s been encouraging to me,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper in May.

Christie called it a “linear evolutionary decision-making process” in an interview with CBS’ John Dickerson aired Sunday “Face the Nation.”

“I go through all the different factors that I need to consider. And when I’m done, I check that off and I move to the next factor. And the factor I’m down to now, John, is, do I want to do it? Do I want to do it? In my heart, is this something that I really absolutely want to do?” Christie said. “And if I check that box, then you will hear me say I’m going to announce for president. And if I don’t, you will hear me say I won’t.”

In April, his wife, Mary Pat, took what Christie called a “hiatus” from her job as managing director at a specialty investment firm in New Jersey.

Christie faces grave doubts about his political viability, with flagging poll numbers and stiff competition for the establishment Republican vote from former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and others such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

In the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Christie sits at 4.8 percent among possible contenders for the Republican nomination — just ahead of Donald Trump and Rick Perry.

Christie has also faced the defection of some of his most prominent home-state supporters, most recently with New Jersey businessman Steve Lonegan signing up with Ted Cruz.

“He’s had a remarkable opportunity for the last six years to turn New Jersey’s economy around and that has not happened,” Lonegan said Monday, referring to Christie. “In a U.S. presidential race where the economy is a major factor, a lot is going to depend on who has a track record of creating economic growth and opportunities for advancement, and Chris Christie has failed miserably.”

 

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