The Two-Way
11:55 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Will Christie Be 'Shermanesque?'

"Now is not my time," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just said at a news conference in Trenton — ruling out a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me," Christie added.

Update at 1:10 p.m. ET. More From Christie:

The governor said he did consider making a bid. He had been asked to run by many people, Christie said, and "felt an obligation to earnestly consider their advice."

But, "I asked for this job," he said about being governor. "I fought hard to get this job. And my job here isn't done. It just never felt right for me to leave."

Our original post: Will Christie Be 'Shermanesque?'

When it comes to how to say you won't run for president, every political junkie knows the gold standard was set way back in 1884:

"If nominated I will not run; if elected I will not serve." Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, in a message to the Republican Party convention.

That sort of definitive declaration even has its own name: Shermanesque.

So as we wait to hear exactly what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has to say at a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. ET (reports are that he's not running for the 2012 GOP nomination), keep that Sherman quote in mind.

Of course, some have said Christie's been pretty clear for weeks that he has no plans to get into the race. And Jon Stewart had some fun at the news media's expense last week on The Daily Show:

(Note: There's one bleeped expletive and a bit of naughty talk in the video.)
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