Christie's open to V.P. nod
December 22nd, 2011
04:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Christie's open to V.P. nod

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left the door open Thursday to serving as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2012.

Christie, who endorsed Mitt Romney after deciding against a White House bid of his own, did not rule out the No. 2 spot, but predicted he will still be governor in 2012.

"The fact is, if Gov. Romney comes to me and wants to talk to me about that, we'll have a full conversation about that and then Mary Pat and I will make that decision about what we want to do with our future," Christie said on Fox News Thursday. "But my view is, I think if you fast-forward the tape to a year from now it's going to be President-elect Romney and some other VP-elect and Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey."

The first-term governor said it may be too early in the nominating process to discuss potential running mates, adding that there will be "plenty of time for that once he sews up the nomination."

Questions about his next political step have followed Christie since he decided "now is not my time" to run for the White House.

During a press conference in October, the often-blunt Christie reiterated the line that his temperament might prove difficult for the role of vice president.

"There are certain personalities that are appropriate for being vice president. I don't know that mine fits in that particular mold," Christie said.

During the same interview on Fox, his wife Mary Pat said she had personal concerns about her husband running for national office.

"I am really supportive of what Chris wants to do, but from a personal perspective I wasn't crazy about making that sacrifice at this time in our lives," she said, referring to Christie's October decision. "Our youngest child's eight, so … but at the end of the day if it is was the right thing to do I would have been happy to be on board."

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. vet in tx

    With president HW blocking Gingrich, First lady, B. Bush, blocking Palin, Romneycare, frothy mixtures, imagining their was no pizza, previous ambassadorship, imagining everything, a possiblility of a factual homewrecker being a new first lady, two, dead tyrants, and a governor who just loves maple syrup, it's time for republicans to start getting their shovels and they can dig up Ronald!

    December 22, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    I think of him as number 2.

    December 22, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Gemini Girl

    JAMES, the reason Christie became governor in NJ is because the previous one was really really bad, you may have heard of him – Corzine? And I seem to remember Christie saying that if he became governor he would lose weight. He looks the same to me! I guess he needs all that extra weight to help him throw his weight around here in NJ, politically speaking...He is a bully and he makes no apologies for that.

    December 22, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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