New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is likely to hold off until at least the late spring before announcing whether he will make a run for the White House, The Wall Street Journal reported
Mike DuHaime, Christie's longtime political strategist and a top official with his political action committee, said the GOP governor will not be pressured into jumping into the presidential fray in the wake of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's announcement that he will be running in 2016.
"Gov. Christie's timeline won't be dictated by the timing of others who may or may not get in the race," DuHaime said, referring to Cruz and other possible candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is expected to announce his candidacy on April 7.
Asked on Monday evening about his timetable for a 2016 decision, Christie said he is thinking about announcing in late spring or early summer. On his monthly radio show, he said that there are "still things I'm working through and talking to my family about."
He also claimed that a delayed announcement would not affect his chances of raising funds for a presidential campaign, which he says is still in the very early stages, according to the newspaper.
Christie was among a group of possible 2016 contenders at the Republican National Committee's meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., over the weekend. And during a speech to well-heeled Republican donors over dinner, he highlighted his skill at winning the backing of minority voters.
Christie also appeared to try to draw a comparison between him and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by pointing out that he had achieved his political agenda despite a Democratic-controlled legislature, the Journal noted. Walker, a potential rival in 2016, has a Republican-controlled legislature.
The governor has lost a major speaking slot at a New Hampshire Republican Party dinner next month because he didn't RSVP in time, and the party gave his spot to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, another possible 2016 candidate.
The Daily Caller said
that Christie was given time for a speech at the party's First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, due to be held April 17-18.
However, two months after the event had been organized, Christie's camp had failed to confirm his appearance, and the party eventually gave his speaking spot to Rubio.
Citing scheduling concerns, a spokeswoman for Christie's PAC said that she could not confirm Christie's attendance at the summit, even though several GOP presidential hopefuls will be in attendance, the Caller reported.
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