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) -- Major GOP donors have reportedly renewed calls for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to state his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

The outspoken governor addressed a forum at Rider University in New Jersey and said the current Republican field hadn't answered the public's craving for a viable candidate.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

"I think what the country is thirsting for, more than anything else right now, is someone of stature and credibility to tell them that and say, 'Here's where I want us to go to deal with this crisis,'" Christie said, according to the

New York Post


But sources close to Christie have denied the claims that the governor would seek nomination. "It's off the page," a source said, according to the newspaper.

The big donors who have reportedly pushed for Christie to run have included banker Charles Schwab of

Charles Schwab


Home Depot

co-founder Ken Langone and New York's second-richest man David Koch.

The renewed calls came as Texas Gov. Rick Perry's poll numbers began to slip and as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's numbers remained flat.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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