Christie for VP? 'Forget it'
June 26th, 2011
02:51 PM ET
8 years ago

Christie for VP? 'Forget it'

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie not only shoots down questions about running for president in 2012, he also doesn't think he's vice presidential material.

"The person that picked me as vice president would have to be sedated," Christie said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Seriously, forget it."

The one-term Republican governor said his blunt talk, much of which has made him popular among national Republicans, means he isn't a good fit for the number two spot on the GOP ticket in the next election.

"I mean that's who I am and I don't think that's vice presidential material," Christie said referencing an interaction he had with a voter who questioned where he chooses to school his children.

A potential Christie endorsement in the presidential primary season depends on how strongly he feels about the candidates, a decision he has yet to make. But he said the country is looking for someone like him at the national level to deliver straight talk.

"What they do say in New Jersey is, we like him and we think he's telling us the truth," Christie said. "I think we need to have that type of politics on the national level."

That blunt talk applied to the issue of gay marriage Sunday. Off the heals of the New York bill signed into law Friday to allow same-sex couples to legally wed, Christie said he would not sign a bill to legalize such unions.

"I am not a fan of same-sex marriage, it's not something I support," Christie said. "I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That's my view and that will be the view of our state because I wouldn't sign a bill like the one that was in New York."

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  1. thomas

    It's sad that nobody in the press has stood up to this bully !

    State Helicopter fly s him to his limo at his sons little league game , what a joke this guy is.

    Put down the fork and get humble !

    June 26, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Ed Texas

    Another GOP Politician who tries to push his so called moral agenda on others. He's against equal rights for all citizens and marriage equality which shows what true side of all family values he is really on. He's money base driven from the support he gets from the wealthy and big business. As he has proven as a "soon to be" one term Governor, he would be a lously Vice President.

    June 26, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Herbie Walker

    VP? The only thing this arrogant burgher out to be thinking about is how to stave off impeachment.

    June 26, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Seattle Sue

    I personally would not want Christie for dog catcher. What a bully, but I think he will be a one term Governor as well as a lot of congress people elected in 2010.

    June 26, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. DumbasRocks [R]s

    I keep being surprised recently by faint signs that there is still a measurable IQ on the [R] side of things. This guy Christie sure ups the otherwise dismal [R] least he knows a political titanic (2012 elections) when he sees one, and refuses to go aboard. The rest of these dimwit [R]s actually CELEBRATE their past FAILURE, and wish only MORE of it on our poor country. Its like taking the Titanic II out for a cruise and actually looking for iceburgs to run into. And many of YOUR neighbors worship at the FoxNews alter and actually support this idiocy!!!

    June 26, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. ED FL

    This guy would be a health risk in any high position. New Jersey has always been known for out of the ordinary Politicians. He is not a picture of HEALTH and the country would be taking a HUGE risk to even consider this man. Let him lose 100 lbs and be less nasty and I would consider voting for him but we need not take chances on someone who is a couple of Pizzas away from the hospital and UNFIT FOR HIS JOB.

    June 26, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    WOW......every registered Republican in the country and their mama is running for POTUS including "Chunky" Christie who says he's not running.

    June 26, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Jane

    Christie as VP, you gotta be kidding, second in line to a president, he is nothing but a big, loud , mouth bully,
    calling constituants names that doesn't agree with him, vilifying the working class. Like he has any idea of what the poor actually go thru. what a joke. Jane

    June 26, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Banda53

    Sorry, Chris. I happened to see the part of "Meet the Press" where you discussed your children attending private school and you never answered the question asked by the lady in the clip that showed your rude response. She did point out that your kids went to private school but she didn't question it. Rather, it was to put your willingmess to cut funding to public school in context. Pretty lame attempt to turn her successful criticsm of you into a personal attack. Easy to see why you're losing points in NJ.

    June 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Jane

    whats his state popularity now, he's lucky if it hasn't gone down to in the 30's. HE Takes from the poor and gives to the rich, the problem is there is more voters in the lower percent than are millionaires , get out there and get this bully out of office. jane

    June 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Wade

    You liberals crack me up. You have no idea how to handle someone like Christie. Hard working guy who tells the truth, really throws you people for a loop.

    June 26, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Tim

    No, we don't say that at all. He keeps talking about how all of us need to make sacrifices, and that's all fine and good until you realize that he really means all of us except the rich.

    June 26, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Amazed2

    Why doesn't the party of greed leave this guy alone? All the GOP has to offer is a bunch of rich flunkies who they know have no chance of winning so it's all about Snookie Palin and this guy....

    Get a grip GOP your anti-Christian, materialistic, me first mentality is playing to fewer and fewer people every day and before long you will have to visit a zoo to see a republican.

    June 26, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. macw

    It is unfortunate that the citizens of New Jersey are so used to being lied to and manipulated by politicians that they can no longer recognize a Governor who will only tell them the truth and do what ever is necessary to bring this state back from bankrupcy. Your personal attacks about his physical appearance are steeped in ignorance and lack of a meaningful argument. The unions in this state have had a choke hold on the state's politicians for decades now, and most businesses have moved out of state. It has become too expensive to do business in New Jersey. The Governor is trying to offer businesses a reason to come back and do business here. That's how you create jobs...if only you all could see the forest for the trees through your haze of Democratic Party obsession. It seems you would follow President Obama right over a cliff.

    June 26, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. roscoe

    If Christie is the model of "hard working", I think we've reached rock bottom. I guess if he's what the work force aspires to be, it's no wonder there's an employment problem. Who would hire this guy? Plus, a small business would colapse under the premiums for his health care. Good thing for him that he bellied up to the government trough.

    June 26, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Togo

    I don't surprise the fact that his popularity in NJ tanking had anything to do with it? Come on CNN, try to put things in perspective here...

    June 26, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Togo

    Make that suppose... yay, Sunday. 🙂

    June 26, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. politicalpuke

    Chris Christie, please run for president. My family has been struggling and with Odumbos policies I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Please run and do whats right for this country.

    June 26, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Jd

    This is just fascinating. The majority of voters in NJ already know Christie was a mistake. His approval ratings are in the toilet. Yet we are talking about national office. I have never seen a more divisive guy and I am a republican.

    June 26, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    While I do not support same sex marriage, I also feel that states do not have a right to oppose it because of the 14th Amendment which says that states cannot pass laws that abridge the priviliges of citizens, nor deny any person of liberty.. Some argue that the 10th Amendment grants states the right to make their own determination. They fail to recogonize that the 10th Amendment also says that unless states grant the authority to the federal government. Guess what that means? When states passed the 14th Amendment, the states granted the authority to federal government as specified by their 10th Amendment.

    June 26, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Brian

    Like him in New Jersey?? Really?? Does he know what the people of New Jersey really think of him???

    June 26, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. NJ Pilot

    Equal rights for The Rich!

    Everyone else? Fugetaboutit!!!

    June 26, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. David

    Christie thinks he's a Man?

    June 26, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. lynn

    Hard working guy like Christy? The only thing he works hard is his fork and mouth. He is the epitome of big fat bully from our grade school, throwing his weight around when he's got nothing better.

    June 26, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Tony

    Did anyone see how mean-spirited, rude, and hateful he was to the woman who questioned him about sending his children to parochial school; while he was cutting funding for public schools? What a huge untouchable ego he has!

    This man is a street thug, not fit to be governor, vice-president or president of ANYTHING!

    Do they have recalls in New Jersey? If so the people of New Jersey have some work to do...

    June 26, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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