Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Season two of "Christie Runs For Prez" show premieres

Last season ended in the fall, when Gov. Christie told a packed news conference that he decided not to run. This season begins with a twist that, like any reality show, is borderline preposterous.

Season two of "Christie Runs For Prez" show premieres

In case you missed it, the gov is still not running for president. I wrote today (here) about how the Christie Runs For President show is returning for a second season, and sure enough, on CBS's Face The Nation this morning Christie was again asked if he's running.

Would Christie throw his hat in the ring if Republicans don't have a candidate by the time the convention rolls around in August?

"No," Christie said. "I'm with Gov. Romney, and if there's one thing people know about me it's that once I make up my mind, I don't change it."

What about VP?

Job does "not really" interest him. But he would listen if Romney came to him to talk about it. Then he dropped the line that has become standard for him in such interviews: "If you're a betting man, Bob -- and I know you are -- bet on me being governor of New Jersey next year."

Nonetheless, at the end of the program, host Bob Schieffer reiterated that Christie could get in the race as a candidate for prez: "We just may be getting started with all of this."

Here's my story from today's paper:

Check your local listings: The Christie Runs for President show returns this spring for a second season.

Like the Jersey Shore spin-off now being filmed, this one will feel familiar to any longtime viewer as it picks up where it left off, with cable-news graphics that say things like: "Will he or won't he?"

Last season ended in the fall, when Gov. Christie told a packed news conference that he decided not to run. This season begins with a twist that, like any reality show, is borderline preposterous.

Christie's name is being thrown around anew - not as a candidate on primary ballots but as someone who would be chosen on the floor of the Republican convention in August after the party deadlocks on the four actual candidates. Right now, none of the four has anywhere near the 1,144 delegates needed to run against President Obama.

Yet there hasn't been a "brokered" GOP convention, in which power brokers make deals to mass delegates for a candidate, since 1948. And even then, nominee Thomas Dewey had actually won primaries, unlike Christie.

Plus, Christie is the most vocal surrogate for Mitt Romney, who would presumably have to step away from a quest he's pursued for the better part of a decade in order to make way for the first-term New Jersey governor.

Despite all of this, over the last week Christie's name has repeatedly surfaced on cable news and political sites as the white knight to save the GOP at the convention. Others mentioned: former Florida Gov./presidential son/presidential brother Jeb Bush, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Read the rest of today's story, here.

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