Christie would 'answer the call' on becoming veep
July 3rd, 2012
09:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Christie would 'answer the call' on becoming veep

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while not saying he would definitely accept a spot on Mitt Romney's Republican presidential ticket, did say Tuesday he would give such an offer due consideration.

"I love being governor of New Jersey, you can tell. I think every day the way I do my job I love it. But the fact is, if Gov. Romney picks up the phone and calls, you have to answer the call and listen at least," Christie said on CNBC.

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The outspoken New Jersey governor said he wasn't confident that he would wind up becoming Romney's pick.

"I doubt it," Christie said when asked if he thought he would be asked to join Romney's ticket.

The choice for running mate, Christie said, was Romney's decision alone.

"This is an election with one voter, Mitt Romney," Christie said of the selection process. "He gets to decide who he thinks should be the best vice president of the United States, the person best prepared to serve with him to turn this country around."

Christie continued: "I certainly am not weighing in, saying who I think it should be."

Asked about recent calls from Rupert Murdoch and Jack Welch for Romney to drop some of his campaign advisers, Christie said the Republican candidate's team was fully qualified to run a national operation.

A comment Monday from one of Romney's senior advisers calling a fee in President Barack Obama's health care law a "penalty" rather than a "tax" shouldn't be taken too seriously, Christie said.

"Let's not focus on what spokespeople are saying. Spokespeople get in and fill in space on the cable stations, no offense. What I want to know if what the candidate says. And Gov. Romney's been very clear about what this election should be about," Christie said.

Christie decided against his own presidential bid in the fall after calls from some national Republicans for him to jump into the race.

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • Veepstakes
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Amazing

    Christie is a blowhard and a bully! Imagine his hands on the button to drop nuclear warheads at 3am!

    July 3, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Just another republican bafoon party thug, no thanks and anyway romney the clown will go down in,flames in Nov with the rest of the republican bafoons .

    July 3, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    He answers the dinner bell every time for certain. He is stupid, and will realize that his wannabe Dice Clay shtick doesn't play well with adult voters.

    July 3, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Tom

    Picking the Fat Man would make Romney's chances improve.Dramatically.
    Obama 2012

    July 3, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Romney being clear on anything ??????what a joke ,at least we know president Obamas position on everything.

    July 3, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Christie continued: "I certainly am not weighing in, saying who I think it should be."
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    So you would be lying as before you said you wouldn't.......how typical. And to the comment above, the only thing you are "weighing" is measured in gross tonnage. You would not even deliver NJ for Flip. You're an obnoxious loudmouth who may appeal to the red-meat base with your foul-mouthed commentary but everyone else sees it as a joke. If a Democratic governer said some of the vile comments you've made, the tightie righties would be in a lather about "decorum" and "respect" but since you do it, they like it

    July 3, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    #1, Christie needs to take etiquette training, #2, take control of his own life, starting with his weight and #3 Romney hasn't been clear about what this election should be about which makes Christie a liar too.

    July 3, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Answer the call christie? That just the dinner bell you hear at the golden corral

    July 3, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. truth hurts

    Romney/Christie would be a dream team. Christie would destroy Biden in a debate and Obama in speeches on the campaign trail. I sure hope he is picked and accepts. The country needs him badly.

    July 3, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Babyboomer

    I don't want a VP who thinks calling people morons and idiots is ok to do on a daily bases, in front of cameras no less. He has no edit button so how could he possibly work effectively with Heads of States for other countries or anyone else for that matter. Our President and VP have to exercise some sort of diplomacy and Christie has none. At least VP Biden knows how to break the ice, make inroads, get to common ground. He comes from a kind place in his heart at all times. Gaffs and all. Christie is a bully. Come to think of it, so is Romney. Just mean for the sake of being mean. Exactly what we don't need in the country right now.

    July 3, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Darryl

    Chris Christi for Vice President ? What a joke, he's nothing more than a fat pig with a big mouth. Worse than a Bully !

    July 3, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Will one of you Conservatives please explain to us Liberals how the Trenton Troll can be considered an A-Lister for the Republican Party? Here is another case of party purity taking precedence over the reality of governance when it comes to legislative actions in his state, just like all the other supposed "A-List" Governors.

    July 3, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. ST

    Who wants a VP who has no diplomacy at all.

    July 3, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. joe

    He wants it bad. He can almost taste it. Uh Oh, you know what that means.....

    July 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie wouldn't make a good VP, either. I can just see him now chewing out a foreign national leader over something petty, like saying good morning in the middle of the afternoon.

    July 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Alex

    Good, take him Romney! We hate him here in NJ and when your election bid fails, we'll be rid of him. Two birds, one stone.

    July 3, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that Christie is an ideologue. He shouldn't be chosen if Romney would win because that would torture the whole country and not just NJ. Christie doesn't understand that you can't cut taxes until everything is paid down. There is too much unfunded liability here in NJ like the pensions, transporation and help for the working poor just to name a few to start cutting taxes. He thinks that cutting income taxes is going to be all well and good, but it isn't going to do much because of PROPERTY TAXES. That is what most New Jerseyans complain about since that is much larger than income taxes.

    July 3, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. F-Gingrich

    Just think, if fatso becomes VP...him and Mittens dressing up as Laurel & Hardy every year for the White House Halloween party will be really entertaining!

    July 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I certainly am not weighing in
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    THAT is quite obvious.
    How are you going to answer the call if you can't get to the phone in time?
    Just askin.
    VP should show that he cares about HIMSELF before he can be considered to care about the country. Especially if he were to be Romney's VP' running mate as we already know Romney cares about himself ONLY and not all about the country.
    What a conundrum these two would be running together. AMERCIA wouldn't stand a chance.
    On the other hand Romney is a punk who needs muscle around him to fight his fights and hide behind.
    Christie would provide plenty of both.

    July 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. s

    sorry the health care cost are high enough without you added on. Your weight will disquallfied, since you don't care what your health is, so why should we give a you a job as important as VP. Continue eating donuts and running your mouth.

    July 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Who would not want a person of questionable ethics on the ticket with Mittens?

    July 3, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Ann

    I like this guy, he is doer, and a Romney/Christie ticket would win the November election.

    July 3, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Wake up people

    Who would vote for this overweight thug as VP? Instead of trash talking the POTUS, he needs to be a candidate on the Biggest Loser. All of that weight CANNOT be healthy. VP is too close to POTUS, the last thing we need is an unhealthy person a heartbeat away from POTUS.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Milton K. Wiah

    Mr. Christie, the spokesman for Romney said, Mr. Romney told him that because Justice Scalia believes it is not
    a tax so he also believes it is not a tax rather penalty. So it is not spokesman is saying something from nowhere.
    He consulted Mitt before making that statement.

    July 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Four and The Door

    Ann
    I like this guy, he is doer, and a Romney/Christie ticket would win the November election.
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    True. It would be a stark contrast with Joe Biden who really just turned the office of Vice President into " Head Cheerleader". He was doing victory laps around The Capitol for the Stimulus bill when unemployment dropped below 9%. I've never seen anyone so quick to say, " I told you so..."...and then be wrong a month later. Thank goodness Joe is 6 months from retirement. He deserves it.

    July 3, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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