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"...you look at these other qualities and ask, do you really want that in your president?"
So, will Christie actually resign?
Note that my argument states why he might resign, but I will add that such a move would not necessarily represent or convey weakness or surrender. It would be a strategic retreat, a move designed to remove oneself from battle (that being the maelstrom of a media feeding frenzy), allow the controversy to die down and then reappear on the field of battle after regrouping or reinventing himself. It reminds me of none other than H. Ross Perot, who chose to pull out of the 1992 Presidential race days after his embarrassing "you people" remark before the NAACP in order to stop the media attacks. Note that Perot always continued his ballot access efforts in New York (where I got my start as an election lawyer), and formally returned to the same campaign in October 1992 and rose in the polls from a one percent protest vote to 17% in the national popular vote.
In support of my argument that he could resign, I will cite the comebacks of two famous recent New York elected officials who resigned only to return. Eliot Spitzer resigned as New York State Governor in March 2008 -- perhaps as part of a deal with authorities to avoid prosecution. Spitzer then returned to the political scene in 2013, but only once the five-year federal statute of limitations had conveniently expired, to run for New York City Comptroller and lose narrowly in the Democratic primary. The other comeback, of course, is that of Anthony Weiner. The former Brooklyn-Queens congressman resigned in June 2011 to put an end to unrelenting public humiliation following the revelations of his inappropriate use of social media.
With both Spitzer and Weiner, the impetus for resignation was the loss of their respect in the eyes of a large segment of the public. (This is also true for former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, who resigned in his famous July 2004 "I am a gay American" speech and following his disgracing of ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey, has chosen not to return to politics.) While Spitzer's power in the State Capitol (first as Attorney General and then Governor) was unquestioned, few remember that Weiner was one of the most strident defenders of Obamacare from the time of its proposal. Both elected officials commanded lots of respect and attention. However, their respective scandals sharply diminished their clout. It is possible that both could have remained in office, but the attention their scandals would have continued to receive would have drowned out anything else they tried to do and left them largely ineffective or ignored in all other regards. Therefore, for both Spitzer and Weiner there was little point in remaining in office under such circumstances and especially when no end to the scandals was in sight. Resignation, in each case, became a strategic move as opposed to a legal necessity.