The Christie factor

September 26, 2011 2:49:19 PM PDT
What a difference a weekend can make.

On Friday, Chris Christie didn't seem like he had much interest in running for the Republican nomination for President. Now, he'll be hop scotching the country this week, speaking and appearing at fundraisers. And there's word that more traditional Republican bigwigs are looking at the New Jersey Governor as a moderate alternative to the folks now vying for the spot.

He has insisted he's not ready, not prepared to become President. What do I have to do, he told reporters, commit suicide to prove I'm not interested?

Perhaps times have changed. Maybe dealing with the fallout from using the state helicopter to shuttle to his son's baseball game - and then reimbursing taxpayers - has given him the experience needed to move into the White House. I'm just sayin' - because I'm trying to figure out what's changed in the past three months that would suddenly make him change his mind about being qualified.

We'll have the latest on the Presidential elections, at 11.

And then there's NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who dropped something of a bombshell last night, saying his department had the capability to shoot down an aircraft. I say bombshell because, first, no one knew that, and, second - and much more importantly - neither Kelly nor the NYPD has the authority to shoot down an aircraft. That is a federal-level decision - and on the highest levels, meaning the President or Vice President and it involves the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs. Would they give the NYPD the authority if there were an imminent danger? I suspect they would. But that's not what Kelly's interview last night implied. And it raises all sorts of questions - was Kelly's statement a mistake? No one has said that yet, although Mr. Kelly has been rather non-public today. And who else besides the NYPD and Mr. Kelly have such capability? Andy of Mayberry?

We'll have the latest on the reaction to all this at 11, and on Mitt Romney's private meeting with Donald Trump here in New York.

And our Nina Pineda tonight has the story of a woman named Vicki, who went in for her daily cup of coffee at her local Starbucks in Midtown Manhattan. But on her last trip there for coffee, she noticed that her cup didn't have her name written on it, but instead something that she found outrageous. She took the cup to the manager - and to Nina, to get 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11 from our new studio. It's the same Eyewitness News but now from a state-of-the-art and really cool studio that is open to the sidewalk and the public at the corner of 66th and Columbus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We're all very excited. Click here to see a tour.


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