New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is definitely not running for president, and has not conducted focus groups to test a run, two senior Christie advisers told The Hill on Wednesday afternoon.
Bloomberg’s Jonathan Alter tweeted earlier in the day that Christie had hired focus groups to test the waters of a presidential run. But Mike Duhaime, Christie’s top adviser, categorically denied the report and said Christie has not reconsidered his decision to forgo a 2012 presidential run.
“It’s completely untrue — 100 percent that is not true,” Duhaime said of the claim that Christie had hired the focus groups. “Nothing’s changed. I’m not sure who [Alter’s] source is or what they are saying, but nothing’s changed.”
Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci, another Christie confidant, concurred. When asked if the report was true, he said "absolutely not."