Still-rotund, cherubic New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doth protest too much.
The rotund governor -- and darling of know-nothings who profess to be 'conservative' -- is playing coy, but strong evidence (from Politico's and the New York Post's Maggie Haberman) that he is indeed planning to run in 2012 comes in the admission from Christie's "consligere" William Palatucci that he (meaning, Christie, presumably) is considering forming an exploratory committee for a 2012 run.
Of course, statements like this don't get made without explicit permission from the top. And Palatucci has never during his political dabbling days been considered anything remotely resembling a loose cannon.
Crime, Politics and Policy has long considered Christie a 2012 candidate pretending to be bashful. The number of articles are too plentiful; browse the archives on the right corner of your screen.
Additional credit should be given to the Star-Ledger's conservative commentator, Paul Mulshine (whose columns and blog posts are available frequently at http://www.nj.com), who has consistently questioned Christie on policy and ideological matters.
Eric Dixon is a New York lawyer and strategist who represents individuals, businesses and political organizations on a variety of legal, managerial and policy matters. Mr. Dixon is available for comment or consultation at edixon@NYBusinessCounsel.com.