Chris Christie, governor of N.J.The enthusiasm for a Christie candidacy was a reflection of his popularity among Republicans. But the governor announced Oct. 4 that he would not run for president, ending a period of intense courtship by Republican donors and party elders.
Big, bellicose, and seemingly unvarnished, Christie is something of the anti-Mitt Romney, with his buttoned-down, boardroom style. Christie has endorsed and campaigned for Romney. Though rejecting a run for president, Christie has not ruled out running for the vice presidency.