New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, said on Tuesday that the New York Post’s recent “Fat Chance” headline referring to his weight doesn’t bother him.
“I don't let it sting,” he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe, adding that if he lost weight, critics would find other traits to hold against him.
“If I went and lost 80 pounds in the next year, they would have something else to pick on me about … They find something caricature about you," he said. "I say to myself, I know who I am. That's why this stuff doesn't bother me all that much. When I was younger, it would bother me a lot more. I'm going to be 50 in two weeks, OK.”
In another appearance on NBC's Today show, Christie said Mitt Romney probably regrets a comment in Michigan last week about his birth certificate that Democrats took as a slap at President Obama. Romney has admantly denied that the comment was anything other than a joke.
“I believe if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t have made a joke,” he said. “You’re on camera 12 to 14 hours a day, and say things off the cuff. Believe me, I could put together a catalog of things I wish I wouldn’t have said.”
On Morning Joe, Christie also repeated his denial of a Post story that said he turned down an offer to serve as Romney’s running mate on the GOP presidential ticket, out of concerns that Romney could not win.
“It's completely false,” he said. “There's absolutely no question. It's silly. The idea that -- if i made the decision and he made the decision and asked me to do that and I felt like that was the best chance I had to help our country, I would feel extremely confident."
The Post, however, stood by its reporting and said in a subsequent story that Christie was never formally offered the job.
For now, Christie said he was focused on Republicans uniting the country and defeating President Obama.
“I'm going to be thinking that I have an opportunity to talk about what that means for the rest of the country and try to connect with people. Most importantly, those watching it on TV, this is what it means to have leadership of a Republican government. You try to bring that message across,” he said about his speech.
About future presidential aspirations, Christie simply said, “I hope Governor Romney will be the president and we won't have to worry about a party nominee for 2020. That would be great. I've said all along if you think you can me a difference in the world, you step up for whatever challenge is presented to you when you feel you can confront it.”