New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has flirted with — but not declared — a 2016 run for the GOP presidential nomination because he just doesn’t have the, er, guts, for it, according to veteran political consultant Dick Morris.
“It’s not the heart or the mind, it’s something further down that he doesn’t have that’s stopping him from running,” Morris told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Christie told host John Dickerson, “I go through all the different factors that I need to consider. And when I’m done, I check that off and I move to the next factor. And the factor I’m down to now, John, is do I want to do it? Do I want to do it? In my heart, is this something that I really, absolutely want to do?”
Morris — a Newsmax contributor, former adviser to President Bill Clinton and author of “Power Grab: Obama’s Dangerous Plan for a One Party Nation,” written with Eileen McGann and published by Humanix — told Steve Malzberg on Monday:
“Let me skim over the question as to whether Christie has got one, but if assumed that he in fact has a heart — that he’s not the politically equivalent to the Tin Man — any time a candidate tells you I’m 99.9 percent certain I’m going to do it, if a little nagging doubt, but 99 percent, you can guarantee he’s not going to run.
“He’s not running. Let’s spend a second on his career. He was losing for re-election as governor of New Jersey. Then he in fact almost endorsed [Barack] Obama for president [after] Hurricane Sandy. Singlehandedly re-elected Obama, when he was leading before then, then he tried to make us all forget it. And he had his Bridge-gate thing, but we didn’t forget it and he’s polling terribly.”
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