This will encourage speculation that he might run for president in 2012.
Governor Christie said this morning that he will pull New Jersey out of a regional cap-and-trade energy program.
The move drew strong criticism from environmental advocates who argued it was a rollback of clean energy efforts. But it was supported by business groups who said the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was a burdensome energy tax.
.... A move by Christie to dismantle a state program viewed unfavorably by many Republicans could only help any presidential ambitions the governor may have. Christie has continually denied he wants to run for president in 2012 despite calls from many GOP powerbrokers.
Christie said he still believes in global warming and will work towards conservation and the use of wind, natural gas and other power sources that are cleaner than coal.
I still think it's highly unlikely he'll get in -- he's just been too adamant that he won't.
Brit Hume, who is a maker of good points, pointed out something important earlier this week.
"Chris Christie would have to kind of violate everything he's been about, which is being honest and straightforward, even blunt with people.
He has said it [that he won't run] every which way you can say it."
[Hat tip: Dave Weigel]