MIDDLESEX – As the country awaits GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of a running mate, Gov. Chris Christie told a curious press corps that it’s not his job to choose.
“I’m not the candidate,” Christie reminded reporters. “Governor Romney has said the most important quality is that the vice president be ready to be president on day one.”
Christie denied that the vice president will have much impact on the campaign, calling the 2012 presidential contest a head-to-head between President Barack Obama and Romney.
“In the end nobody votes for vice president,” said the governor. “No matter who Governor Romney picks they’re not voting for him.”
By the same token, no one will vote for Obama because of Vice President Joe Biden, he said.
“No one’s saying ‘I’m not sure about this Obama guy but, boy, I love Biden,’” Christie cracked. “It’s the summer, it’s a slow news time. This is what occupies people’s attention. He or she will have one debate and that’s all you’ll hear about the (vice presidential contender). …Joe Biden didn’t play a significant role four years ago, and I don’t think he’ll play any role now.”
The vice president becomes significant in the White House, the governor added.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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