New Jersey's Christie says he won't run for president

October 4, 2011 20:23

TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday he will not run for president in 2012, ending weeks of feverish speculation he might shake up a wide-open Republican race with a dramatic late entrance.

Christie's decision will likely benefit former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney because they would have competed for the same middle-of-the-road voters. Romney leads the Republican field by a large margin in the state that holds the first Republican primary, New Hampshire, which might have been a factor into Christie's deliberations.

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