Christie: Maybe I Can Be Convinced to Run With Romney

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 01:53 PM

By Dan Weil

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has left the door open to becoming presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate.

"He might be able to convince me,” the forthright freshman governor said during an appearance at a high school in Plainsboro Township, N.J., CNN reports. “He's a convincing guy, but I really love this job. I really want to stay in this job."

Christie offered the standard non-denial denial of desire for the vice presidential slot. "I really have no interest in being vice president, but if Gov. Romney calls and asks me to sit down and talk to him about it, I'd listen,” Christie said. “I think you owe the nominee of your party that level of respect and who knows what he's going to say. We'll wait and see."

Christie has pointed out for months that his ambition and temperament would be a much better fit for the presidency than the vice presidency. "Do I really look like the vice-presidential type?" Christie asked the group of high school students. "I don't think that's me."

Whether or not he ends up running for vice president, the New Jersey governor is certainly keeping up a national profile. He is campaigning in Wisconsin Tuesday with the state’s embattled Gov. Scott Walker, who faces a recall election June 5.

As for the vice-presidential race, political pundits view Christie as a top contender, along with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.


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