CNN's Dobbs: Not running for NJ governor

June 13, 2008 6:33:39 PM PDT
CNN host Lou Dobbs on Friday shot down rumors that he's been considering a run for New Jersey governor. Dobbs said that he's flattered by the support, but a run in the Garden State isn't something he wants to do at this time. Dobbs said he doesn't have the temperament for politics. "I'm just the wrong personality type," he said.

Dobbs' denial of interest was first reported Friday on The Star-Ledger of Newark's Web site.

Rumors of a possible Dobbs run had been circulating New Jersey political circles for days.

Dobbs hosts CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," and is renowned for commentary on national politics, especially illegal immigration.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he intends to run for re-election next year.

"It must have been my latest Quinnipiac poll that scared him away," the Democratic governor joked. The poll found 52 percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Corzine's performance.

Dobbs, 62, lives on a 300-acre farm in Sussex County in rural northwestern New Jersey. County elections board records show he was registered as a Republican but changed to an independent in 2006.