New Jersey governor Chris Christie has said he is not running for president, but supporters are still hoping he changes his mind.

Supporters for the Republican governor are citing an ideal time to run.

When it comes to running for president, you don't pick the time, Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said, Reuters reported. The time picks you. If his burning desire is to be president, then the time is now. You don't know what the environment will be in 2016 or 2020.

But Christie spoke to a group of donors in California on Tuesday and clarified that he will not, in fact, be seeking the Republican presidential nomination for the 2012 election, The Star-Ledger reported.

Christie's brother, Todd, had introduced him to donors as the guy who's supposed to be running for president, an attendee told The Star-Ledger.

Christie is in California for a speech he will give at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.