10/04/2011 10:17 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Christie to hold news conference, could announce presidential bid

NEW YORK, N.Y. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has scheduled a news conference this afternoon at the New Jersey statehouse, a last minute addition to his schedule.

There is no announced topic, but speculation has swirled that Christie will announce whether he has decided to run for president in 2012.

The news conference will be held at the governor's office inside the Statehouse in Trenton.

Christie has avoided reporters in recent days as those close to him say he has been reconsidering his earlier decision not to make a bid.

Christie has been receiving encouragement from top Republicans and donors to jump into the race.