Now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reaffirmed that he will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012 his recent speech at the Reagan Library on American exceptionalism—which, last week, had pushed the fervor for Christie to enter the race to ever-higher levels—may seem irrelevant now. But there was an important foreign policy element to his speech that has caused some disagreement, and may get to the heart of the forces that will shape American foreign policy in the next Republican administration—whenever that may come to be.
In the speech, when discussing foreign policy, Christie said,
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