Gov. Christie isn’t saying he wants to be on a Donald Trump ticket – but he’s not ruling out serving as his former rival’s running mate.
The New York Times recently reported that “Christie confidants” said he was willing to consider serving as Trump’s vice presidential pick. Asked at a Statehouse news conference Monday about people close to him floating his openness to the role, Christie began: “I’d love to know who those people are.”
“As I’ve said all along, one, I don’t think I’m going to be asked. Two, I don’t know that I’m necessarily the right person for it,” Christie said.
“Three, you never say never to anything in this business, because you don’t know how you’re going to feel if you get approached about anything,” he continued. “That’s about any future job in a Trump administration.”
He told reporters that “most of the time, when you get people close to me to talk to you, I guarantee most times they’re not that close.”
The Christie-for-vice-president prospect was broached by Trump himself, who, according to the Times, “briefly praised” Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Christie, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott as possible candidates.
DC publication Roll Call included Christie Monday in a list of six possible Trump running mates, noting the governor’s early endorsement of the businessman and their similarities as “loud-mouthed” Northeast Republicans – but speculating that Christie, a former U.S. attorney, was more likely to be attorney general.
Last week, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza put Christie atop a ranking of five potential contenders to be Trump's No. 2, noting that “from a geographic/ideological standpoint, Christie doesn’t add a ton to the Trump ticket. But who knows if Trump even cares?”