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Sep272011

Chris Christie for President? 2012 Not off the Table, Sources Say

Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey(WASHINGTON) -- A source close to Chris Christie tells ABC News to disregard what the New Jersey governor’s brother said about Christie’s plans (or lack thereof) for a 2012 presidential run.

Christie’s brother told a New Jersey newspaper the governor isn’t running for president. But this source tells ABC News Todd Christie’s comments “were a little out of turn.”

When it comes to Christie’s thinking on a presidential run, instead of listening to Christie’s brother, the source says we should look at what former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean had to say on Monday.

Kean told National Review that the Christie speculation is “real” and that he is “very seriously considering” a run for president.

Christie has repeatedly and emphatically said he is not running.

“As of this time, his public statements that he is not running still stand,” the source tells ABC News. “It is also accurate that he is thinking about it and reconsidering it.”

All eyes now turn to Simi Valley, Calif., and the Ronald Reagan Library, where Christie is scheduled to deliver a speech Tuesday evening entitled, “Real American Exceptionalism.”

“At one time in our history, our greatness was a reflection of our country’s innovation, our determination, our ingenuity and the strength of our democratic institutions,” Christie will say Tuesday, according to prepared remarks. “When there was a crisis in the world, America found a way to come together to help our allies and fight our enemies.  When there was a crisis at home, we put aside parochialism and put the greater public interest first.  And in our system, we did it through strong presidential leadership.  We did it through Reagan-like leadership.

“Unfortunately, through our own domestic political conduct of late, we have failed to live up to our own tradition of exceptionalism.  Today, our role and ability to affect change has been diminished because of our own problems and our inability to effectively deal with them,” he will say.

Christie will say that the biggest challenge of today “is the one we present to ourselves.”

“To not become a nation that places entitlement ahead of accomplishment.  To not become a country that places comfortable lies ahead of difficult truths.  To not become a people that thinks so little of ourselves that we demand no sacrifice from each other. We are a better people than that; and we must demand a better nation than that.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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