Not running for Prez, Christie says GOP Primary will resolve Romney/Bachmann fracture

PATERSON – A day after hedge fund hotshots and national Republican talent scouts encircled Gov. Chris Christie in Manhattan and begged him to run for president, Gov. Chris Christie denied he has any worry about New Jersey polling numbers that show him sagging in mid-summer.

“Ken Langone is an old friend of my family,” the governor said, referring to the Home Depot giant leaning on Christie to challenge President Barack Obama.

“He sat me down to talk about running for president,” Christie explained. “Now when people want to talk to you about running for president, you’re certainly going to listen to them.”

He dismissed a Public Policy Poll that shows him with a 43% approval rating, a 13% skid since January, according to the Democrat-funded pollster.

“Politicians who become in love with their poll numbers are ineffectual,” said the governor. “They print them out of the computer and put them on the wall and ‘say look at how much they love me.’”

Christie swatted aside a question about whether his party is divided as it faces polls that repeatedly show national Republicans dividing most of their support between establishment darling former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and Tea Party leader U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

“We’re in July of 2011,” he said. “I think in both parties these folks will be united behind their candidates. There are a number of candidates in the primary that by definition will be sorted out by the voters in the Republican Primary. Then the party will be united. I’ll vote for who I want to vote for.”

And endorse at the proper time, should he elect to do so, Christie said.

Not running for Prez, Christie says GOP Primary will resolve Romney/Bachmann fracture