Earlier this week, Ken Langone invited 50 hedge fund managers and other financial services employees to his office. The occasion? A sit down with with Chris Christie, who the Home Depot founder apparently forced to discuss the possibility of running for president. Here's what the New Jersey governor had to say:
I’m not running, but I came because Langone is so aggressive, he basically just physically shook me into doing it. I’ve weighed this carefully; I didn’t dismiss it out of hand. There were four considerations:
1) One question was: Where’s my wife? She’s not enthused.
2) The second is: I looked ahead at the potential for two years of running, and not seeing my kids. If I won, six years of not seeing them. If I won a second term, 10 years of not seeing them. Missing my kids growing up is a big deal to me, and it was a big reason. The wife was the biggest. The children were the second.
3) I’m staying in New Jersey. I am not just going to quit halfway through my term. The people trusted me, and I feel like I owe that trust and faith some fidelity.
4) And fourth: Could I win? Could I really do it? I think I would win – not saying I would win, but I could win.
I recognize that not all of you would immediately commit, but it certainly makes me realize that if I were to run, and had this group were behind me, I certainly wouldn’t have any problem raising money.
Despite Christie's insistence he won't run, attendees, which included Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller were apparently left wanting more, having been impressed with CC's "emphasis on family and commitment, and flashes of disarming humor."