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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Christie Skeptical, But Won't Rule Out Vice Presidential Bid

January 22, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who declined to run for president himself and threw his support behind Mitt Romney, said on Sunday that he would not rule out a vice presidential bid.

Christie said he would listen to an appeal should he be approached, but also said that he plans to remain New Jersey’s governor and was skeptical that he could be convinced otherwise.

“I don’t know if I’m the guy to stand three feet behind somebody and nod my head,” he said, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press. "That's not necessarily in my chracter."

 

Christie said Romney had a tough week after losing to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in South Carolina on Saturday, but that he was confident the former Massachusetts governor could bounce back. Christie has made comments in the past suggesting that Romney has a tough time connecting with people, but he minimized the point on Sunday. “He’s a very reserved guy," he said, adding that "every candidate has liabilities."

He also attacked Gingrich’s Washington background, saying he has “embarrassed the party over time” and has had “a very difficult political career at times.” Recounting how Gingrich lost the speakership and was fined for an ethics violation, Christie said, “sometimes past is prologue.”

“We don’t need another legislator in the oval office, who doesn’t know how to use executive authority,” he said. 

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