A new book is coming out about the 2012 presidential election, and the juiciest tidbit -- according to several news agencies that got leaked advance copies of the book -- is this: Gov. Christie, the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, threatened to drop the f-bomb on national TV if the biographical video that preceded his speech was cut due to time constraints.
Christie allegedly asked the director of the convention if he "had ever heard anyone say 'f*** on live television, because that's what he was about to do if the video didn't run," according to the book, "Collision 2012." He then threatened to not give his speech at all. A Romney aide, Russ Schriefer, finally intervened, telling the director to air the video.
But Phil Alongi, a New Jerseyan who was the executive producer of the convention, told me today that he was in the control room and he didn't believe the f-bomb threat ever happened.
"That's not true," Alongi said. "I had never heard anything about Christie threatening to use the f-bomb at the convention."
The book, from Washignton Post reporter Dan Balz, contains other Christie-related nuggets:
- Former President George W. Bush had a 45-minute phone conversation with Christie when the gov was considering running for president in 2011. “He kind of asked me then what I was thinking, what were the impediments in my mind, what were the concerns,” Christie told Balz. “It was an amazing conversation.”
- After Christie decided not to run, nominee Mitt Romney told him he was being considered as a vice presidential candidate. But Christie cautioned Romney that he was a "big" personality who may be ill-suited for a No. 2 gig.
- Romney ultimated didn't choose Christie in part because of a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that prevented banks from donating to elected officials from states in which big banks were located. This would have dried up campaign contributions from Wall Street if a governor was on the ticket. Christie could have decided to resign as gov in order to run for veep, but chose not to.