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Despite Disavowals, Christie Meets With GOP Leaders Pitching Presidential Run

PRINCETON, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey governor Chris Christie keeps on saying he won’t run for president next year, but that’s apparently not stopping Republicans from asking him to reconsider.

That’s the quest of a half-dozen high-ranking GOP fundraisers from Iowa, sitting down today with the governor for a meeting in Princeton.

It speaks, perhaps, more to the party’s frustration with the lack of a mass-appeal frontrunner at this point. And while Christie says he is flattered, he’s unlikely to change his mind. At least that’s how Rutgers University political science professor Ruth Mandel (below right) sees it.

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(Ruth Mandel, in file photo)

“Unless I hear differently from him, I take him at his word. He’s been pretty consistent about this, and he’s been pretty much consistent about most positions he’s taken,” she said today.

So why agree to the courtesy call since it only continues to fuel the speculation?

Well, there’s next year’s Republican convention, and Mandel thinks Christie is vying to play a major role in Tampa.  Then there’s 2016 to think about. And finally, he may just like the attention.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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    If he keeps eating like he does, he won’t make it to 2016.

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  • William

    No one in the liberal media mentions how much Obama spends when he takes his family on a vacation but makes a big deal out of this expense by a Republican that would a fraction of the costs. Unbelieveably biased! You idiots are keeping Americans from seeing the real problem. Shame on you!

  • William

    You idiots are worried about hours on a helicopter that would be used anyway for training when our country is being destroyed by Obama spending and Obama healthcare. No word about concerns of that! Wake up idiots! I can understand that kids don’t get it, but the adults in the media have no excuse other than stupidity. This is lame liberal reporting.

  • joe

    must be nice to take a helicopter to your sons baseball game, fat man

  • GagMe

    I heard he stopped on McDonald’s roof first to get a big mac…

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  • grumpy

    They are going to have to upgrade the load capacity of Air Force One!

  • Resign.Obama

    Christie has enough sense to know he’s not ready yet, unlike that clueless imbecile in the white house now.

  • sheriff

    This pig is a fool. He goes from a prosecutor to being almost nominated for President. He is mad. he is fat & he crushes the little guy.

  • Karin Meyer

    God forbid! LOL
    He can’t even win NJ. It isn’t happening. Though he has a better change that

  • joe

    christie is hitler

  • le pelerin

    Common Chris Christie, we need you now, not later! Christie/Bachmann 2012

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