That’s what the New Jersey Governor said in an interview with National Review Online. He’s confident that he could win the White House but the thing is, he doesn’t feel like he’s ready to become President. Chris Christie is nothing if not honest.
Christie has been a favorite dark horse contender of the 2012 GOP nomination shortly after assuming office in New Jersey. That job, the one that has people whispering about 2012, will probably be the only reason he doesn’t run.
When the time comes to really be serious about a run, Christie will not have been in office for a full term in a state that is in serious financial trouble. If he were to leave that job to run for the presidency, he would most likely be viewed as a man who quits midstream.
“I have people calling me and saying to me, ‘Let me explain to you how you could win.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.’ That’s not the issue.”
So why Chris Christie? Several reasons. One, as it stands right now, the GOP presidential field appears to be weak. Maybe not as weak as 2008, but weak nonetheless.
Second, he’s not one of the usual suspects. He’s not Gingrich, Romney or Huckabee. If we’re stuck with those guys again it’s game over. Obama wins.
Third, he’s tough. He’s not afraid to make the hard choices that have to be made during the tough times that our country faces. Now and in the future. For crying out loud, he’s been fighting the unions before anyone even heard of Scott Walker.
Fourth, and maybe most importantly, Republicans of all stripes like him. The way things are right now, with the GOP split into so many factions, having a nominee that just about all could get behind and feel strongly about is critical.
When Chris Christie says, “I could win the White House.” He could. He’s not kidding. The only thing is he has to run to win. I just don’t know if that important piece to the puzzle is in the cards for 2012.