GOP's Christie announcement could come any day

October 4, 2011 - 3:05 AM
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2011 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Christie is expected to announce any day whether he will reverse plans and join the 2012 Republican race for president, even as he has ignored the political preparation often done in early-voting states. Christie has been silent in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states expected to cast the first votes in the 2012 GOP presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce any day whether he will reverse plans and join the 2012 Republican race for president, even as he has ignored the political preparation often done in early-voting states.

Christie has been silent in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states expected to cast the first votes in the 2012 GOP presidential campaign.

Nor has he reached out to key GOP strategists and leaders, who can put new candidates in touch with staff and party organizers.

Making it potentially harder for Christie still is Florida's decision last week to move its primary up to Jan. 31, probably pushing Iowa into early January, barely three months away.

Christie has no public appearances scheduled for Tuesday.