New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Tuesday morning to let him know that he would not run for president next year.

McDonnell, who recently became chairman of the Republican Governors Association, selected Christie to succeed him as vice chairman.

The two were the only governors elected in the off-year of 2009, and both have received more than their share of national attention.

McDonnell and Christie spoke about 11:30 a.m., before Christie’s announcement in Trenton, N.J., that he would not run.

After Christie told McDonnell his decision, the two spoke about the 2011 and 2012 gubernatorial races, McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. The first gubernatorial race of McDonnell’s tenure as RGA leader is Tuesday in West Virginia.

McDonnell has not endorsed a candidate in the presidential race but has said that his preference would be for a governor to win the presidency.