Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa: 20 children killed in bus crash near Pretoria

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

An Election in the Shadow of Terror

Read more

#TECH 24

How fintech is helping the unbanked

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Turning up the heat with French firefighters

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Champs-Elysées attack: What impact on Sunday's French election? (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After Brexit and Trump: World waits on French presidential election (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Battle to stop nuclear waste being buried in a French village

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

After Champs-Élysées attack, security takes centre stage in election campaign

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Brexit: Come what May

Read more

Americas

Republican Christie will not seek US presidency in 2012

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-10-04

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will not seek the US presidency in 2012, he announced on Tuesday, saying "now is not my time". Christie had come under pressure from fellow Republicans to challenge President Barack Obama in November 2012.

AFP - Republican Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday he would not be seeking the US presidency in 2012, saying "now is not my time" and recommmiting himself to the people of New Jersey.

Christie, a popular governor in a traditionally Democratic state, had been under pressure from some Republicans, unhappy with the current field, to run and take on President Barack Obama in November 2012.

"Over the last few weeks I've thought long and hard about this decision," the 49-year-old rising star told reporters, announcing his decision at the New Jersey state house in Trenton.

"When you have serious people from across the spectrum, not to mention from all across the country passionately calling on you to do something as consequential as running for president of the United States, I felt an obligation to earnestly consider their advice," he said.

"I've explored the options and listened to so many people and considered whether this was something that I needed to take on. But in the end, what I've always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. Now is not my time."

His decision will disappoint those in the Republican party unhappy with the current crop of candidates in a race so far dominated by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry.
 

Date created : 2011-10-04

  • US POLITICS

    Signs of impatience with Obama among black voters

    Read more

  • US POLITICS

    Presidential contender Rick Perry rises, as GOP frets

    Read more

  • US POLITICS

    Tea Party queen Bachmann relishes unlikely rise to top of Republican field

    Read more

COMMENT(S)