Chris Christie won’t run, yet

Bugger. Chris Christie won’t be running for the republican nomination for President this time around:

Saying ?now is not my time,? Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced on Tuesday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the presidency.

Mr. Christie said he had taken to heart the appeals of influential Republicans and ordinary Americans to reconsider an 11th-hour campaign. But after only 20 months on the job as governor, he said he had ?a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon.?

?So, New Jersey,? he added, ?whether you like it or not, you?re stuck with me.?

The decision ended a late flurry of political ruminating by Mr. Christie on his national ambitions, and dashed the hopes of Republican activists, pundits and donors who had hoped he would add his name to the field of candidates vying to challenge President Obama.

But Mr. Christie, who was elected governor in 2009, has long said that he did not feel ready to pursue the presidency. At one point, he joked that he would have to commit suicide to convince people he was not running.

Commentators in the US have been suggesting that Christie was too fat to run for President, one commentator proposes a different take:

Let’s imagine (yes, we’re pushing all sorts of buttons here) that Chris Christie were gay.

Would these same critics be insisting that he do everything he could to change his orientation? Or would they be highlighting the studies showing that homosexuality is in great measure about genetics??… Teasing out the moral distinctions in when and how much we are responsible for in our behavior is America’s national pastime, and has been, for right and left, since the days of the Pilgrims. Conservatives tend to emphasize personal responsibility for most everything, and liberals tend to find an explanation — an excuse, some say — for most everything. Except perhaps for the weight of their political opponents?

Andrew Sullivan nails it for me:

I have to say I’m struck by the data presented by John Sides. I couldn’t care less about how fat a politician is – but I do care that a politician is as candid and straightforward as Christie is in the video above. But maybe I have mistakenly misjudged my fellows