It’s official. The Christie camp is actively stoking the fire of the “will he, won’t he” rumor mill. Up to now, Chris Christie could plausibly claim that “outsiders” were responsible for the ongoing saga of a 2012 run. No more.
(2) The other possibility is that Kean strayed off the ranch. Or had a senior moment perhaps? In any event, Kean's statement was the first real signal from the inner circle that Christie was considering a run. That increased his national supporters' simmering hopes to a rolling boil. So now, Christie has to throw a lot of ice on the rumors. And that can lead to confusion, resentment, etc. Something Christie doesn't want leading into tonight's speech.