Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Wednesday he would welcome New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the presidential race, calling him "a great friend, colorful character."
The former Massachusetts governor was asked by the media to weigh in on the will-he, won't-he speculation surrounding Christie's intentions after a town hall in Manchester.
"He's a governor I'd love to see in more political settings," Romney said. "Who knows–maybe he'll get in. It'd be fun if he got in."
Rumors about a Christie run have persisted throughout the primary cycle and recently reached a fever pitch just as some political experts say the window is closing for a new candidate to launch a successful bid.
Christie would not deny he was reconsidering a run - despite repeated previous denials - at a speech Tuesday night.
Outside the town hall at Saint Anselm College Wednesday, a reporter asked Romney if he was insulted by the persistent enthusiasm for a Christie candidacy.
"I'm very pleased with the fact that I've got a lot of people in this country who are pleased my candidacy, and my job is to make that even larger," he said.
Romney was also asked about whether he'd consider Christie as a potential vice president on his ticket. The candidate said it was presumptuous to discuss a running mate, but did speak kindly of Christie.
"Anyone would have to look at the governor of New Jersey as being a remarkable leader in the Republican Party," Romney said. "He is a man of capacity, capability and a growing track record of success."