Despite N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s assurances that he will not be running for president in 2012, the Obama administration is attempting to dig up the dirt on the man who runs the Garden State.
The Obama campaign is currently compiling “opposition research.” That is, material that can be used against Christie if he does decide to make a grab for the GOP nomination.
The campaign has not sent its own people into New Jersey, and is instead speaking with people who know Christie from his time as governor and attorney general.
Republican leaders have urged Christie to enter the race, and donors say he has expressed some interest in running privately.
Christie spokesman Mike DuHaime told the New York Post, “This is just wishful thinking… He is not running, and he is not cracking the door open even a little bit.”
DuHaime did say that while Christie will not run, the attention from the Obama administration is “flattering.”
Obama’s campaign is having fun in other ways, too. In reponse to the birthers, the president’s 2012 campaign has designed T-shirt with Obama’s face they say “Made in the USA.”