New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn't decided yet if he's going to run for the presidency, let alone plan an announcement at his high school alma mater next week.
"First of all, I said I'd make the decision this month; I didn't say I'd announce it," Christie said on the "Ask the Governor" radio program on NJ 101.5
late Thursday. "When I decide, I'll let everybody know."
Earlier sources told The Associated Press
that Christie was planning to make his announcement to enter the 2016 race on Tuesday. But the governor told radio show host Eric Scott that he is not going to make a decision or announcement either way until after New Jersey's state budget has been finalized.
"Let’s get through tonight and work on the budget, and then I’ll make a decision," Christie said. "There's been absolutely no final decision been made by me."
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Further, he said that he still plans to review the state's proposed budget and veto several items.
Earlier Thursday, sources said Christie was planning to announce his candidacy on Tuesday at Livingston High School, where he graduated in 1980, and then travel to New Hampshire for another announcement.
But on the Thursday night program, Christie insisted that a decision had not been made, and urged people to "remain calm ... if there's gonna be a presidential campaign, there will be months and months to discuss it."
Christie also told Scott that whether or not he decides to run, he will make an announcement about his intentions at some point, as there has been speculation about his presidential aspirations since 2010.
His chief campaign strategist, Mike DuHaime, said there are some factors that will make Christie stand out among the people who have already announced their campaigns, should he decide to seek the GOP nomination.
"I think the governor has shown an ability, certainly in New Jersey, that he can communicate in a way that people understand," he told the radio station. "And I think his upbringing, I think the fact that he comes from a working class, middle class background has always allowed him to communicate in a way and talk about policies in a way that really connects with the average person."
Christie has made several moves that seem to point to a presidential run, including making several trips to New Hampshire and Iowa, and he has unveiled plans for the United States, including a Social Security overhaul.
His poll numbers
, though, were at an all-time low in his home state, the station reported Wednesday.
"Fifty-five percent of voters say they disapprove of the job Chris Christie’s doing as governor, which is the highest disapproval number we’ve recorded, and only three in 10 approve," said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and director of the university's PublicMind
, which conducted the poll.
"Thirty percent is the lowest we’ve recorded in terms of Gov. Christie’s approvals since we began polling on him."
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