A Heartbreaking Voyage To Find The saviour Of The Republican Party

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It is official. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared — once and for all — today that he is not running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, much to the dismay of media pundits and a bunch of rich New Yorkers.Business Insider made the journey to Trenton this afternoon to find out if the girthful governor would stay true to his promise not to run, thereby breaking the hearts of Wall Street Republicans who saw him as the Great White Hope for the Republican Party.

Unfortunately, Christie wasn’t as interested in seeing us as we were in seeing him. Upon arrival at the New Jersey Capitol, we — along with about 20 members of the national press corps — were told that the governor’s office simply could not accommodate us for the high-profile 1 p.m. press conference. Christie’s press secretary then proceeded to cherry-pick reporters based on their news organisation.

Needless to say, we did not make the cut.

Perhaps this selection process accounts for the enthusiastic response Christie got during his epic — 90 minutes! — press conference. According to reports from Inside, Christie worked the room and basically set himself up for a layup in 2016.

Meanwhile, I had a lot of fun outside with the other press exiles, watching The Daily Show‘s Wyatt Cenac heckle state troopers and planning my trip to Alaska.

I started my journey at New York's Penn Station this morning, still hopeful Chris Christie would step up to save the Republican Party that loves him.

Dale, the first spirit guide on my Chris Christie vision quest, warns the dream may be dead.

By the time the train to Trenton enters New Jersey, it is clear that Christie is not running.

I arrive in Trenton, now certain that my quest will end in heartbreak.

And a quick tour of Trenton shows that he definitely has his hands full.

Passengers on the bus downtown confirm that their governor is not running for president, but help me find the New Jersey Statehouse anyway.

They also make fun of the truckloads of media (at least a dozen) who flocked to the Capitol, knowing full well they will be disappointed.

The rotunda was PACKED with reporters — basically the entire tri-state area press corps was there.

Here are the sad few who got left out of the press conference.

One lonely reporter tweets while waiting to see if Christie's press secretary will pick him to go inside.

This unhappy reporter decided to wait outside — little did he know how long he would be hanging out.

Stuck outside, I explored Christie's Trenton digs a little and found this natural-snack vending machine. Maybe the governor is trying to cut back?

Then I found the real snack shop.

Back upstairs, The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac seemed a little lost.

Until he found this poor, unsuspecting New Jersey state trooper.

And proceeded to heckle him for the next 20 minutes.

Until he moved on to the most heartbroken Republican — New Jersey Lieutenant Gov. Kim Gaudago.

At this point, reports from Inside confirmed Christie wouldn't follow in the footsteps of THIS New Jersey Governor...

...And would be more like THIS former New Jersey Governor

But who can blame him for not wanting to give up all this?

But not everyone was heartbroken by Christie's announcement.

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