New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has left the door open to serve on a Republican ticket as vice president, while reiterating his decision not to make a presidential run was correct.
The governor — who rejected a run for the 2012 Republican nomination because he felt bound to serve out his first term as Garden State chief executive — told Sean Hannity on his radio show Monday afternoon that he doesn’t expect to be asked, but is open to the idea of taking the vice-presidential slot.
“I think it will depend on, you know, on who that person is and what they say to me at the time about the need for me, and what I can offer them as a running mate,” Christie said. “Then, I think, you would owe it to folks to at least listen to somebody who is going to be the nominee of your party.”
He quickly added, however: “But, bottom line, I don’t expect that’s going to happen. I don’t think anybody wants my type of personality as a number two. I don’t think I comfortably fit in that role, so I think they’ll probably go in a different direction.”
Christie rejected appeals from wealthy GOP contributors and many of the party faithful to run for president. He told Hannity again that he believes it was the right decision because he “made a commitment to the people of New Jersey” to stay in the job until budget and other problems in the state “were fixed.”
“So I had no business getting up and leaving this thing 20 months in,” he said. “It’s not who I am; I don’t think it would have been a move filled with integrity.”
Still, Christie said: “If national office is somewhere out there in the future — so be it — and if it isn’t, I’m thrilled to be governor.”
Asked about his endorsement of Mitt Romney, Christie said his backing of the former Massachusetts governor was not an indictment of the other candidates, but simply believes Romney has the best chance of winning.
“We cannot have another four years of Barack Obama,” he said.
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