PLAINSBORO -- During a visit this morning to West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School's AP history class, a student asked Gov. Christie if he would consider being Mitt Romney's running mate. Christie began giving his standard answer -- that he would listen if he gets the call, but he loves his current job.
Then, for the first time in public, he added this about Romney: "He might be able to convince me -- he's a convincing guy."
Following the veepstakes is a grand political tradition in America, and since it only happens every four years there's tremendous interest. As soon as I tweeted his comment, it blew up on Twitter. Check out the video below.
Perhaps Christie enjoyed his time in Washington this past weekend and hopes to return in a more official capacity next January. On Saturday night Christie attended the White House Correspondents Dinner, where host Jimmy Kimmel skewered him for his weight.
Asked how he felt about that at a news conference after meeting with the students today, Christie noted that he was sitting next to the bombshell from ABC's "Modern Family," Sofia Vergara:
"Luckily, for me, I had Sofia Vergara next to me to console me. And when you have her next to you to console you, let me tell you don't care what Jimmy Kimmel says...The fact of the matter is when you're overweight there are those who are going to make awful comments about you and people who are going to make jokes about you. And you gotta live with it."
He added: "What Jimmy Kimmel said to me is moderate compared to what people call me on Twitter daily."
Closer to home, Christie laughed off a challenge from Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D., Camden), who in more than a half-dozen press releases challenged the governor to a debate over their tax cut plans. The challenge was in response to a statement Christie had made about being ready to debate the merits of his plan.
"Tell him not to hold his breath," Christie said. "Tell him I have something better to do: I have to rearrange my sock drawer tonight."
Greenwald's office countered with this statement: "If the governor thinks re-arranging his sock drawer is more pressing than working to boost property tax relief to working families, then that says a lot about his disregard for the middle-class. Still, I’d be more than happy to come over to help him as long as we can have this conversation."