Romney on Christie: 'It'd be fun if he got in'
September 28th, 2011
02:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney on Christie: 'It'd be fun if he got in'

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."


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Flip flop flap

    So Mitt three-face says while reaching for his adult diapers...

    September 28, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    You lie Mittens! If Christie got in the race, you would be toast. Is Mittens using fat humor when he says that Christie is a man of "capacity," and a "growing track record?"

    September 28, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    If Christie got in the race, responsible media would have to hire even more fact checkers.

    September 28, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    There he goes again .... Romney would say ANYTHING to get in the WH. He knows IF Christie enters the race he's HISTORY AGAIN. Yet he continues to lie with a crooked neck and a straight face.

    Christie will NOT run. Period. The image he sends to kids is devastating. I for one would not want my children/grandchildren to look at him and get the mistaken impression they can look like "that" and be accepted. The man is AWFUL to look at and on top of that he would have to learn a whole lot of etiquette starting with which fork to eat with. Fingers are not allowed. Americans are looking for smart, educated, image drawn people to take us down the correct path. Chris Christie is NOT that person and privately he knows this. Even if he lost 200 lbs. the media would be all over it and it would be a constant distraction from the real issues. There is not a single person I believe right now in the (r) party to soundly DEFEAT President Obama and they know this. Romney does too.

    September 28, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    10 republican candidates will make Mittens 20% approval almost unbeatable.

    September 28, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America continues its expansion into China; where socialized healthcare and socialized education are the norm. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy continues to fund this transition. (When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.?) These former American companies only pay tax in China, supporting a growing communist government and military. The Republican party represents the rich corporations- and these corporations are moving to China. These guys aren't batting for us (U.S.) anymore. The writing is on the wall. Just open your eyes...

    September 28, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. john dahodi

    IS CHRISTIE FIT FOR THE PRESIDENT? I do not think so. His heavy and bulky body says that he has been misbehaved on the dining table or has never read the health menu. The way he has discarded Obama, he has shown his poor racial judgment. He is not bit better than other Republican trash, who are roaming here and there without any message, mission and plans. This heavy body guy was begging to Obama for the Federal help only few weeks before and praised him lavishly when he got the full bag, now he talked rubbish the way Palin, Perry and Romney. Before any one vote for him, they should read about his life and verify how much help he has received from uncle sham to make his and his family's life better in the last 30 years!

    September 28, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "He is a man of capacity, capability and a growing track record of success."
    "Everything is relative." Albert Einstein.

    Gov. Christie has demonstrated a capacity to be ill-mannered, is capable of negotiating in bad faith with Democrats, and has a track record of busting the NJ state budget due his own inept and capricious policies. Christie is at war with the middle class.

    September 28, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. diridi

    Why don't your guys solve current problem of unemployment by asking congress needed legislation to pass instead of bickering, fighting for position....o.k, Be nice to Obama,.....Nice to America....GOP shows its greed for power, then loot...

    September 28, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Jo

    Fun? Everything nowadays has gotta be fun. What a hedonistic culture the US has become.

    September 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds?

    Can a slob be seriously considered as presidential material?

    September 28, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "Christie will NOT run. Period. The image he sends to kids is devastating."
    Have you seen the videos or photographs of Christie clamboring in and out of his new state helicopter? I don't know about you, but I don't want to see a "Big Apple" clamboring in and out of Marine One. I wonder why he had to buy a new helicopter?

    September 28, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Romney on Christie: 'It'd be fun if he got in'"

    Romney is talking about his golden hot tub that he fills with the blood of workers laid off by Bain, not the presidential race.

    September 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "So Mitt three-face says while reaching for his adult diapers..."

    For? More like INTO.

    September 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |