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The GOP swept into the congressional majority during the 2010 midterm elections, but according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, a majority of Americans couldn't tell you what those three letters stand for.

Grumpy Old People? Gauntlet of Power? Try again. According to the poll, only 45 percent of Americans answered correctly: Grand Old Party. Other guesses included Government of the People (35 percent) and God's Own Party (wishful thinking, but only 3 percent).

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The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Gov. John Kasich called Chris Christie to urge him to run. The report doesn’t offer details on when Kasich placed the call.

Politico’s Ben Smith tweets that 13 live television trucks are in Trenton, New Jersey, to cover Chris Christie’s press conference at 1 p.m. ET.

Reuters has a useful rundown of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political career, from his first wins to his weight issues. Read it here.

In case political watchers missed this morning’s big news, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s official Twitter account announces the governor will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET today.

TPM will have live video of the press conference. Stay tuned.

NBC’s Jamie Gangel just now on MSNBC said Chris Christie will not endorse another candidate today, but that it’s the next item on his list.

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes that Chris Christie “made the right decision” by not running for president.

“He was getting past the point when people (especially his opponents) would start asking: If he is this indecisive about whether he wants to run for president, how decisive would he be if he actually became president? Now, that question will go away,” Dionne writes.

Good quote from Republican campaign veteran Terry Nelson:

“Without Christie in the race, Romney can continue to focus on Perry without having to worry about his left flank.”

The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz tweets:

Chris Christie not running. Christie was never running. Counseling available for suicidial journalists who now have to cover actual 2012ers.

Get his fuller take here.

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) won’t seek reelection.

A Costello spokesman tells The Hill the congressman will release a statement later on Tuesday.