CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination, a Rutgers-Camden political science professor will be surprised.

The reason Professor Richard Harris thinks Christie won’t take the plunge is that he’s a very deliberate guy when it comes to running a campaign.

richard Political Expert: Christie Won’t Run, Laying Groundwork For Future

Professor Richard Harris. (Credit: Bob Laramie/Rutgers University Camden)

“He is a lawyer and a prosecutor by training and he likes to (if you will) organize his case, prepare his briefs before he goes to trial. Similarly, he’s a person who likes to take a lot of care and is very methodical about putting his campaign together.”

Professor Harris says Christie two took years to prepare his run for Governor. For President, he’d be far behind, say, Mitt Romney in money and organization with the first votes coming early in the new year.

So why make a show of considering a run? “Given the fact that some fairly powerful and impassioned people are asking him to run, he can no longer simply say ‘no,’ ‘absolutely no,’ and ‘what do I have to do, commit suicide?’ He’s got to at least politely listen.”

And by doing that build connections for the future, whether for a White House bid or something else.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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