COMMENTARY | Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, announced today he will not seek the Republican nomination for president. In his announcement, he reiterated he wants to honor his commitment to New Jersey and that it is not his time. He acknowledged there was also not a lot of time in which to prepare for all the primaries.
I am delighted Christie addressed the issue with finality. While Christie seems to be a wonderful human being who has demonstrated his family is the most important thing in his life, he has been governor for less than two years. His prior experience includes practicing as an attorney, one term as a local Freeholder, lobbyist and federal prosecutor.
Since 1976, the American people have voted into our highest office two people with limited political experience, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. There is widespread criticism these two lacked the real-life experience of dealing with the political scene in Washington.
I am not being disrespectful of anyone, but I want my president to be someone who knows the ins and outs of Washington, can play the game better than "they" can and represents the moderate, centrist ideals that have made America great.
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are the two front-runners for the Republican nod. But Perry's standing has been slipping lately and support seems headed toward Romney. However, none of the candidates appears to be able to unseat President Obama despite his being in the driver's seat while our debt received a downgrade; we have over 9 percent unemployment; and are on the brink of a second recession within three years.
The midterm elections demonstrated that Americans were not happy with the Democratic leadership and yet the Republican Party has failed to capitalize and probably will not field a candidate who will be able to successfully unseat the incumbent.
America is neither left nor right -- and we need a politician who realizes that and will encompass that huge majority.
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- Barack Obama