“If someone has distinguished themselves in a way on the issues that I care about, that if I feel enthusiastic enough to endorse them, I will. Now, as was alluded to in one of the earlier questions, I’m not a half-way kind of guy, so if I’m going to get in and support someone I’m going to do it 100 percent and to get there, I have to feel that way about one of the people offering themselves for president and so if that moment comes, I certainly won’t keep it a secret, but I certainly am under no legal obligation to endorse anybody,” he said. “….If I felt it right now, I’d endorse somebody. I don’t.”
AUDIO: Full exchange about the presidential race, which starts at the 11-minute mark.
Christie was in Des Moines to give a speech at Governor Branstad’s Education Summit. He’s headlining a fundraiser this evening for Congressman Steve King. Twice during the news conference Christie said he had come to Iowa at Governor Branstad’s invitation rather than his own initiative.
Christie was asked if he had gotten any encouragement “during your short trip here” that would make him change his own mind about running for president in 2012. “I don’t think there’s anything in particular that has happened since I landed here,” Christie paused to look at his watch, “about an hour and a half ago.” He was also asked about 2016.
At the start of the news conference, Christie was asked about a lawsuit seeking documents about a meeting he had with Roger Ailes. Here is Christie’s answer:
“I hear they’re dropping it now because we had no documents of communication between myself and Roger Ailes. The only document we had was an entry in my calendar about a dinner that I went to at Mr. Ailes’ home, which everybody already knew about, which Mr. Ailes had confirmed on the record. We’ve provided that calendar entry to the media organization that asked for it and told them that there are no other documents between me and Mr. Ailes at all and so my understanding is now from my staff is that they’ve been contacted and told that the suit is going to be dropped.”