Highlights from the Chris Christie press conference

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announces his decision to forgo candidacy in the Republican primary race for president in front of a portrait of former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean at a news conference at the Statehouse on Oct. 4, 2011 in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie said that "now is not my time" and that he felt committed to his position in New Jersey and would not abandon it.
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In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Tuesday press conference about his decision to stay out of the race for president in 2012.

On his decision not to run for president:

"For me, the answer was never anything but no. My job here in New Jersey is my passion. I've always meant it when I said I feel like the luckiest guy in the world to have this job. I'm doing a job that I love in the state I grew up in."

"Together with Mary Pat, my children, I believed I had an obligation to seriously consider what people were asking me to do. I'll always be grateful for their confidence in me. Over the last few weeks, I've thought long and hard about this decision. I've explored the options. I've listened to so many people and considered whether this was something that I needed to take on. But in the end, what I've always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon."

"So, New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me."

"But in the end, my commitment to the state is what overrode everything else. I mean, I asked for this job. I fought hard to get this job. And my job here isn't done. And it just never felt right to me to leave now."

"... We were in the midst of the reconsideration when I went to the Reagan Library, so it didn't make a difference in that regard. I mean, you know, these are things I feel and felt for some time. I thought that was the appropriate forum to speak out about them. But, no, the speech, itself, or the reaction to the speech really didn't have any effect on my decision making process."

" ... I found that the advice I got from other people who had run for president was very dependent upon what they won or lost. You know? The ones who lost typically call this something like a nightmare. And the ones who won typically said it was really awful. So it was a slight difference, but not a significant one in terms of making your decision. No one to me endorsed the joy of running for president, in my experience. No one talked about that. Everyone talked about the sense of duty and obligation and honor and excitement about it. But, you know, nobody said, 'Hhey, this would be a really good thing to do if you have nothing else to do.' You know? It was not characterized that way."

" ... I made the decision last night. I made the decision last night and I called my folks this morning and told them. And told them I wanted to announce it this afternoon. I went to bed last night for the first time in a few days knowing exactly what I wanted to do. Then I called everybody this morning and let them know what we were doing and that was it. Not a very complicated process. You know, as for the politics, again, it was never a consideration. It was about me getting to the point where I believed it was okay for me to leave. And I never got there, Brian. I mean -- it just -- I never could justify the idea of leaving the state early. And before the job was done. So that's kind of where it sat. You know, the rest of it is kind of irrelevant."

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On whether the primary calendar was a factor:

"No, none of them were a factor. I have a great political team and they were ready to do whatever I wanted them to do. In the end, the deciding factor was, it did not feel right to me in my gut to leave now when the job here is not finished."

"There were a lot of extraordinary people -- extraordinarily accomplished people and a lot of really great regular Americans -- who wrote and called and tweeted. You know, all kinds of stuff. And, you know, there's not one particular person, Kevin. In the end, you know, this decision's my decision. It's not anybody else's decision. And there was no one who convinced me of it. It's got to be your decision and today this decision is my decision."

"Mary Pat and the kids were completely behind me running if that's what I wanted to do."

" ... This isn't hard. I ran campaigns before. I've run lots of campaigns before. If you want to get in, you get in. Any time you get into a race, there are pluses and minuses for the candidacy. I have never put (a list) together where there were all pros and no cons. Never happens. Whenever you decide to get into something, you get in. That's the way it works."

"It's not about any lack of confidence I have in anybody else. It's about the fact that I'm the one who made the commitment. I'm the one who asked for the job. I'm the one who campaigned for the job and asked for it. That's, in the end, what it was all about, was my commitment to them. It does not reflect any lack of confidence in any of the people I work with at all. It's just about my commitment to the folks who voted for me and who elected me. And even to the folks who didn't vote for me. But who now, you know, have me as governor. It's my commitment to them."

On whether he will endorse a candidate in the GOP presidential primary:

"I'm not prepared to make any endorsement today. You know, as I said before, I'm not a halfway kind of guy. If I feel like there's someone in the field who gives us the best chance to defeat the president, I'll endorse that person. I'll work hard for that person. But I'm not in a position today to make that judgment."

On former first lady Nancy Reagan:

"I had a great time with her last Tuesday at the Reagan Library. It was one of the great honors of my life to be invited by her and to speak there. And we had a great dinner together. Whatever conversation I had with Nancy Reagan's between me and Nancy Reagan. And that's why I think all the reporting about this has been a little bit careless. Because I know who was at the table that night."

On whether he's ready to be president or vice president:

"Well, listen, my view on that is that's not even a relevant question anymore because I've made the decision not to run. And I made the decision not to run because I believe in my heart that this is where I belong, that I made a commitment here to the people of this state."

"I've answered (questions) about vice president a bunch of times. And, you know, the fact is i don't think there's anybody, you know, in America who would, you know, necessarily think my personality is best suited to being Number Two."

On his weight:

"It's not a news flash to me that I'm overweight. You know? And so I saw Letterman's Top Ten List. I thought probably eight out of the ten were really funny. ... If one of the things they want to make fun of is my weight, then, you know, it's fair game. I'm a public figure, so they can make fun of it. All I care about is they actually are funny, so I can at least laugh about it while they're mocking me.

" ... The people who pretend to be serious commentators who wrote about this are among the most ignorant people I've ever heard in my life. To say that because you're overweight, you are undisciplined, you know, I don't think undisciplined people get to achieve great positions in our society. And so, you know, that kind of stuff is just ignorant and the people who wrote it are ignorant people. And, you know, at least comedians don't pretend to be serious. Comedians, they're comedians. That's fine. Some of the people who wrote the stuff, in what pretend to be serious columns, they're just jokes. What they do is, they further stigmatize people in a way that is really irrelevant to people's ability to do a particular job. And so, you know, those are the people that we should really, you know, look down upon. Those folks. The comedians, they get paid to do that stuff and like I said, as long as they're funny, what the hell do I care?"

Below, watch all the different ways Christie said he wouldn't run during his news conference today:

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