Even though Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly said that he will not run for president in 2012 and has even endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the job, some are not counting him out of the race quite yet.
On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, some are imagining a scenario that would propel Christie into the race. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw explained that if the Republican race for the nomination culminates in a brokered convention, Christie could be goaded to get in.
“Yeah the other thing is [Romney] could draw this out,” Brokaw said. “And we could get to a brokered convention. I mean, if this gets downstream in the current mode there are a lot of old establishment Republicans who are going to be going to the state house in New Jersey and saying to Gov. [Chris] Christie, you’ve got to get in on this. They’ve got to find somebody else who can be a player, or, I think, outside of that, you’re going to look at a lot of possibilities of third-party candidates jumping in.”
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman questioned how a brokered convention would play out in the modern world.
“David [Gregory], what’s interesting — will it be brokered on Twitter, or a smoke-filled room?” Friedman asked.