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Christie’s Too-Good Reasons for Not Running

By on 7.20.11 | 9:59AM

As was the case with Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie's reasons for not running, ironically, prove that he would have been a worthwhile candidate. From Politico's Playbook: 

 I've weighed this carefully; I didn't dismiss it out of hand. There were four considerations. 1) One question was: Where's my wife? She's not enthused. 2) The second is: I looked ahead at the potential for two years of running, and not seeing my kids. If I won, six years of not seeing them. If I won a second term, 10 years of not seeing them. Missing my kids growing up is a big deal to me, and it was a big reason. The wife was the biggest. The children were the second. 

3) I'm staying in New Jersey. I am not just going to quit halfway through my term. The people trusted me, and I feel like I owe that trust and faith some fidelity. 4) And fourth: Could I win? Could I really do it? I think I would win -- not saying I would win, but I could win. I brought my oldest son today because, first of all, I wanted him to wake up early. And, second of all, to have to put on his one suit and tie. But I wanted him to listen because if I did run, which I'm not going to - but if I did in the future -- it's going to affect him. There's six people in the family -- I'm just one. 

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