He’s aggressive. He’s popular with conservatives. And now, he’s making it absolutely clear — he wants to be former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s running mate.
Yes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is finally done being coy. He wants to be Vice President. “I absolutely believe that, come November 2012, I’m going to be governor of New Jersey and not in any other office…But the fact of the matter is, if Gov. Romney, who’s going to be our nominee, picked up the phone and called me to talk about this, I love my country enough and I love my party enough to listen.”
Christie is still adding the caveat that he’s “pretty sure” he’ll still be the governor of New Jersey come 2012, but placing the possibility out there is a clear signal that he’s a potential member of the ticket, and that Romney wants conservatives to know that fact. With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich taking the lead in the GOP nomination, a Christie-backed candidacy could be exactly what Romney needs to try and get more conservatives, worried about Romney being “too moderate,” to break for him again.
On the campaign trail, a vice presidential candidate has two main jobs: act as the campaign attack dog in order to help the candidate keep his or her hands clean, and be the presidential candidate’s biggest supporter. And Christie’s already doing both. While Romney continues to wade through the mishandling of the tax releases issue, Christie hits the airwaves, saying that Romney’s new “two years of releases” plan is exactly enough, and people should just let it be.
Romney/Christie 2012 indeed.
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