According to a source close to Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor is still considering a run for the presidency in 2012 — despite what his brother told a newspaper and what Christie himself told ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.
“I don’t feel ready in my heart to be president,” he told Sawyer in April. “And unless I do, I don’t have any right offering myself to the people of this country.”
He even joked earlier this year that the only thing he could do to prove that he was serious would be to commit suicide. But sources close to the Republican governor told ABC News Friday that “the pressure from donors and other people has intensified.”
If Christie ends up running, he’ll be spending a lot of time explaining those denials away, but as ABC News reveals, this outspoken politician is no stranger to famous phrases.
- During his interview with Sawyer in April, he blamed the teachers union for layoffs and larger classrooms. “I believe the teachers in New Jersey in the main are wonderful public servants that care deeply. But their union, their union are a group of political thugs,” Christie said.
- In August, as his state prepared to be pummeled by Hurricane Irene, he told vacationers along the Shore to “get the hell off the beach.”
- In June, he said “First off, it’s none of your business” to a voter who asked why he thought it was fair to cut funding to public schools when his children attended private.
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ABC News’ staff contributed to this story.