New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper reported late Thursday that the state’s governor, Chris Christie, is “seriously rethinking his months of denials” and considering a White House run.
There’s a certain skepticism that comes with these reports. After all, in the last year or so the governor has strenuously denied on numerous occasions that he is “ready” to make that bid. Indeed, even in the few days that have passed since Rick Perry’s implosion in the Florida straw poll it seems Christie has smacked down rumors that he’s running about 565 times.
However, the Star-Ledger’s anonymous source, described as “close to the governor,” says the aggressive “Draft Christie” effort finally seems to be paying off.
“An adviser close to the governor” cites Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, as having previously been a major dampener on any White House ambitions Christie may have harbored. However, the source says Mrs. Christie’s objections to raising a family in the White House diminished after a call from former first lady Barbara Bush. A discussion with Nancy Reagan is also said to have helped change her mind.
But time is running out. The filing dates for several of the early primaries, including Florida and South Carolina, come up at the end of October, meaning the potential heavyweight contender only has weeks to move if he’s really ready to make Bill Kristol’s dreams come true.