New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday said he is not running for president despite recent efforts to woo him into the race.
When asked if he will run during an appearance at an education summit in Washington, Christie said, "No, I'm not running for president," according to NBC News.
Christie, a darling of many conservatives, has become a focal point for Republicans who want to widen the field of potential presidential candidates even though he has repeatedly denied a desire to run.
A group of influential Iowa Republicans is scheduled to visit him in New Jersey this month to talk about him entering the field. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also mentioned Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) and Christie as two politicians who could make good nominees.
Even if he does not run, Christie's endorsement will be coveted by GOP presidential contenders. The New Jersey governor recently praised Daniels and said he would give "real consideration" to supporting him should he enter the race.