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