Christie’s doing a press conference at 1 pm, which was announced earlier today.

Reports are coming out that it’s a firm no.

Josh Marshall nails this one.

A few times this year we’ve mentioned the ‘Murdoch Primary’, the all important race to get the support of Rupert Murdoch, various minions and capos of the Murdoch organization and of course the editorial support of Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and so many other publications. […]

But there’s a bit more to this story. Because Christie is in a line of earlier candidates like Rudy Giuliani, who was not only also a Murdoch darling but also the product of the imagination of a certain kind of coastal, big donor Republicanism. To put it bluntly, as the thinking goes in these folks minds, wouldn’t the Republican party be even more awesome if it didn’t have all these bible-thumpers and Southern crackers? It could be even better just focusing on tax cutting and just kicking ass in general — especially unions and other whiners. In other words, like Rudy or this new guy Chris Christie. …