By Rich Lowry, National Review
Dan already wrote a piece about it, but Chris Christie was in the office last week. I just wanted to quote him more extensively on 2012. I asked him whether he knew that, given the moment, there is a serious chance he could win the Republican nomination if he ran. This is what he said in full:
Yes. Believe me, Iâ€™ve been interested in politics my whole life. I see the opportunity. But I just donâ€™t believe thatâ€™s why you run. Like I said at AEI, I have people calling me and saying to me, â€œLet me explain to you how you could win.â€ And Iâ€™m like, â€œYouâ€™re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.â€ Thatâ€™s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, â€œGeez, it might be too hard. I donâ€™t think I can win.â€ I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity.
But Iâ€™ve got to believe Iâ€™m ready to be president, and I donâ€™t. And I think that thatâ€™s the basis you have to make that decision. I think when you have people who make the decision just based upon seeing the opportunity you have a much greater likelihood that youâ€™re going to have a president who is not ready. And then we all suffer from that. Even if youâ€™re a conservative, if your conservative president is not ready, youâ€™re not going to be good anyway because youâ€™re going to get rolled all over the place in that town.
I just see how much better I get at this job every day, and I do, and I learn things. If not every day, at least every week. And my wife and I were actually talking about this last night. We had dinner together with the family after the [New Jersey budget] speech and she was saying how much better she thought I was yesterday than I had been before in my speech. She said, â€œYou are getting better.â€
Thatâ€™s just the nature of life. So, I see the opportunity, I recognize and understand it and Iâ€™m really flattered that people think of me that way. But, if I donâ€™t believe it in here [pointing to his heart], Iâ€™m not going to be a good candidate on top of everything else.
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