Iowa GOP Donors Court New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Who Still Insists He Won’t Run for President

May 9, 2011 7:00am

ABC’s Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports:

This is the time of year when presidential candidates are traveling to Iowa, trying to drum up support for fledgling candidacies. But not Chris Christie. Iowa is coming to him.

The New Jersey Governor has said repeatedly he won’t be running for President this year, but a group of GOP fundraisers from Iowa is courting him anyway and plans to meet Christie in New Jersey later this month. Christie’s top political adviser told the Associated Press about the meeting. Read more here.  

For Christie, it is flattering, politically, to be sought out. But for Republicans donors in Iowa, it speaks to the frustration among thousands of their fellow Republicans who are looking at the presidential field and are simply uninspired.

That talk — being unable to find a candidate qualified and engaging enough to take on the White House — has quickened in the last week. President Obama’s success in ending the long search for Osama bin Laden has made everyone get more serious about a race that until a week ago had been dominated by chatter around Donald Trump.

Christie has been clear that he’s not running. But the very fact that he’s welcoming this high-profile delegation of Iowans means his name will stay in the mix for at least the next few weeks.

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