We seem to get some variation on this story every day, to the point that I don’t bother posting most of them. But here’s today’s:
Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who has known Chris Christie since he was a teenager and remains an informal adviser, tells National Review Online that the governor is “very seriously” considering a presidential bid.
“It’s real,” Kean says. “He’s giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago.”
Christie remains undecided, Kean says, but is listening closely to pleas from party leaders. The chance for a “Jersey guy” to rise, Kean says, is not something Christie has sought. But now, with the field up for grabs, he is actively mulling a late entry.
Even if he runs, I doubt Christie can win the nomination despite the electorate’s unsatisfied hunger for a leader to emerge in the primary. His assaults on the NJ teachers unions are legendary, but apart from those he’s to the left of the party on a whole lot of issues. New Jersey’s unemployment rate is a notch above the national average, so there isn’t a jobs record for Christie to point to. So what does he run on — being slightly more liberal than Romney, but actually meaning it?