Christie pass on bid brings clarity to GOP field

It’s ‘not my time’ to run for president, New Jersey governor says

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“Given poor debate performances, unease over his positions on Social Security and immigration, and a controversy he is trying to overcome, Perry stood to be easily knocked out of the upper tier very quickly by a new entrant of Christie’s stature,” Mr. Rozell said.

At the same time, Mr. Romney also stood to lose, he said, “as his support lacks depth and he seemed easily replaceable by a stronger, new candidate.”

Speculation surrounding the Christie candidacy peaked again last week after he delivered a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where he sounded a lot like a candidate, hammering the Obama administration, criticizing the partisan divide in Washington and taking a shot at Mr. Perry’s support of in-state tuition for some children of illegal immigrants.

Some GOP officials and other top Republicans warned that it would have been an uphill battle for Mr. Christie to put together the kind of financial network and ground operation needed for a national campaign, only months from the first caucuses and primaries.

On Tuesday, The Times reported that some GOP officials and other top Republicans said it would have had an uphill battle for Mr. Christie to put quickly together the kind of financial network and ground operation needed for a national campaign, months out from the first caucuses and primaries.

They also noted that while a candidates such as Mr. Perry can rely on some Tea Party support to help them get through the long campaign slog, it was unclear whether a Christie candidacy would excite the grassroots movement.

Perry had a base within the tea party, but Christie does not. His positions on some issues fly in the face of the tea party’s, and no one has gone through his closet to see what is hanging inside,” said Michael Karem, who has worked in the presidential campaign of every Republican nominee since Richard M. Nixon.

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