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Republicans are still dreaming of a Chris Christie run for the presidency this Christmas, but the New Jersey governor is sticking to his earlier decision not to run in the 2012 election.
According to the Wall Street Journal, many in the Republican Party still see Gov. Christie as their ultimate savior and the most formidable candidate to opposed President Barack Obama in 2012
Politico noted Ann Coulter, Republican media commentator and self-described polemicist, said, "I'll be interested in what he says in August or September."
Coulter added, "It would be insane for him to give hints right now. We haven't run an articulate Republican for president since Ronald Reagan. It's amazing we have won any presidential elections at all."
The exhortations for Christie to seek the presidency still reflect a continued discontent in GOP quarters, with candidates currently seeking their party's nod, especially due to criticisms of Rick Perry's recent debate performances.
According to Christie's aides, the governor remains true to his decision of not becoming a candidate, despite what one described as a "relentless" stream of calls over the last week from prominent Republicans urging him to run.
"None of that triggers any new thinking on his part," said one of the Republican governor's advisors. "He's very polite to these people: 'Thank you for calling. That's very flattering. I'll let you know.' And I think they interpret that, as 'Ah-ha! A rethinking.'"
"I think we already have a winner in this field," said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who, like Christie, decided against a run of his own this year. "My concern is that the Republican nominee wins the White House with wide enough support, and a clear enough program, to make real change."
"Some in the conservative movement are still searching for Mr. or Ms. Wonderful," said one person in the governor's fund-raising circles. "But Christie is a guy who through his whole career has said what he means, and he has said no."