Christie: I wouldn't be the best No. 2
October 12th, 2011
09:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Christie: I wouldn't be the best No. 2

Washington (CNN) –While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not rule out the possibility of appearing in the No. 2 slot on the 2012 GOP presidential ticket, he does have his reservations about how he'd fare in that role.

"There are certain personalities that are appropriate for being vice president. I don't know that mine fits in that particular mold," the high-profile Republican said during a press conference in his homestate Wednesday.

After being encouraged by members of the GOP donor community to throw his hat in the ring, Christie last week announced he would not run for president this cycle because "now is not my time."

Tuesday he endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP frontrunner in national polls.

When asked if he'd consider being Romney's running mate if the candidate secured the nomination, Christie said his characteristics might affect his ability to be vice president.

"I think that there might be other folks who, by their disposition, are more appropriately suited for vice president," he explained.

"I'm a member of Governor Romney's team now. I'm going try to help him in every way that I can."

He encouraged Republicans to focus on the top slot and Romney's campaign efforts, saying, "let's make sure he gets the nomination first and then we can worry about what he wants to do about the vice presidency."

The Garden State governor said he has had no conversations with Romney about the vice presidency, and he would "have to make a decision if it's offered."

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Not the best , how true !

    How long have you been Governor ?

    October 12, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He'd make a lousy job as a VP. He doesn't understand tact. What has he become because he was US Attorney is a bully. He never understood that as governor he needs to understand that he has to be an administrator. He'd never be a good bucket of warm spit as the VP was once described.

    October 12, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Larry L

    You're not really crazy enough to join this crowd.

    October 12, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Yea right – until they ask me. Abbott and Costello make a good team. The only difference – Costello is the bully!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    October 12, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    I actually agree with that. I like Christie, but there is a more needed person, with specific skills that would be of great benefit.

    October 12, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. GZ

    He's too dynamic to be number 2. He belongs in the top spot.

    October 12, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. BB

    Hey big guy never settle for # 2 always fight to be number one!

    October 12, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. logic in LA

    It would be fun to have hi there. As outspoken as Biden is- Christie would be a riot!

    October 13, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. Ric

    He said the reason he wouldn't run for President was that he'd made a commitment to the people of NJ to be their Governor. Wouldn't that commitment still be there in relation to being Vice President? The media needs to give up on this story.

    October 13, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  10. Sircuts

    Thank you Christie for endorsing Romney now I know he has no chance.

    October 13, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The VP slot was Perry's but since he can't put a sentence together and keep his people's mouths shut, he has proven a dangerous liability to Romney who needs someone to help him overcome that "Mormon" stigmata with conservatives. Enter Christie.................

    October 13, 2011 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  12. JJ

    Christie sure makes for a good Sarah Palin. LOL!

    October 13, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  13. mike

    Christie and Romney they look like Laurel and hardy nobody would be able to look at them with out laughing

    October 13, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  14. Marie MD

    If christie gets nominated he will literally block anything, including the candidate for president.

    October 13, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  15. truthserum48

    The Gov. has said he is commited to the ppl of NJ. Well, let's see how long his commitment lasts if he is asked to join the GOP ticket. I'm betting that it won't last. It is too late to jump into the Prez campaign, but since GOPers like him, he would be a huge (no pun intended) plus for the GOP candidate.

    October 13, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  16. GetErDonee

    I would agree with Christie, he would not make a very good #2, especially since he could endorse a very good #1.

    October 13, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  17. Anonymous

    I'll bet he makes huge "Number 2s".

    October 13, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  18. MarkPA

    The second coming of Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney?
    How scary is that?

    October 13, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. Robert

    Insanity. Has it come to haunting this man? He just said he had things to do in his state. Unless you want to roast him, stop asking him.

    October 13, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. ctfaudit

    Chris Christie would make a great No. 2. He's well liked and smart. He can balance the budget. He is what we need.

    October 13, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Seattle Sue

    Not only would he not be the best #2 person, he would not be the best # 1 person.

    October 13, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  22. Jay

    Sniff...sniff. Smells like somebody likes the limelight and 15 minutes. Palin anyone?

    Hey Christie, if you don't want to be P or VP, then please shut up and stay off the air and go back to New Jersey.

    October 13, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  23. Dani

    Christie's personality is best suited for the top of the ticket as he would literally overshadow any other person at the top of the ticket. However, I could actually see it working out if Romney were the nominee. Christie would do all the dirty backroom work while Romney could keep his hands and suit clean. Romney will need a backbone and Christie's got it.

    October 13, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. westward

    Oh, Christie is just being too hard on himself. Nobody in this country thinks he would make a bad #2. He was born to be a #2. And he is a #2 every day of his life.

    October 13, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think that there might be other folks who, by their disposition, are more appropriately suited for vice president," he explained
    Actually your disposition does not predispose you to make a good nuber one either, but please don't think that that is the ONLY reason.

    October 13, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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