Christie Was This Close to Being VP Pick
Politico says he was Romney's 'first choice'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2012 8:10 AM CDT
In this Jan. 8, 2012, file photo, Mitt Romney campaigns with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Exeter, N.H.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – It's no secret that Chris Christie was a serious contender to be Mitt Romney's VP candidate, but Politico today sheds some light on just how close he came. In fact, Christie was Romney's "first choice," and the candidate nearly pulled the trigger in late July, write Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei. But Romney apparently cooled on the idea while at the Olympics in London and decided on Paul Ryan instead.

Romney admired Christie as a "street fighter," but advisers worried those same qualities would make him a lousy No. 2. Christie also showed up late for joint events, which rankled the efficient Romney operation. After the Ryan pick, relations didn't improve with Christie's me-centric convention speech, and now, of course, he's grown tighter with President Obama over Sandy response. "If Romney wins, it won't be forgotten,” says a Romney adviser. Cue ominous music, and read the full story here.

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kawahchan
Nov 4, 2012 11:46 AM CST
(R) 2012 ROMNEY-RYAN & Republicans & TEA: We urge ALL churches to keep the door opened, welcome the needy homeless to stay inside after dark.
dawnarun
Nov 4, 2012 1:44 AM CST
How doomed we are that being friendly with a member of another party (in this case, the president) is something that will be used against you later by your own party. These people are supposed to be working together to govern our country FFS. That they have the audacity to make these childish statements is absurd.
793tango
Nov 3, 2012 4:35 PM CDT
The ego clash would have been epic (and hilarious)