Trenton, N.J. — Joe Kyrillos, a New Jersey state senator and longtime confidant of Gov. Chris Christie, tells National Review Online that Christie will not run for president. “He, and all of New Jersey, is flattered by the outpouring of support, but I think he has made his decision,” says Kyrillos, Christie’s 2009 campaign chairman.
“He is gracious in responding to folks like the woman last night, who emotionally asked him to reconsider,” Kyrillos says. “That graciousness can be interpreted as the door still being a little bit open. But to be clear, he’s being gracious; he’s not being coy. I know the governor means what he says” with regard to the 2012 cycle. “I think he thinks that he has been very clear.”
“As for the future,” beyond 2012, “we’ll see what happens in the fullness of time,” he hints.