New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday said that he could be persuaded to accept the job of vice president because presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is “a convincing guy.”
“I really have no interest in being vice president, but if Gov. Romney called and asked me to sit down and talk to him about it, I’d listen because I think you owe the nominee, your party that level of respect — and who knows what he’s going to say?” Christie told a crowd of students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
“He might be able to convince me, he’s a convincing guy,” he said, adding, “Do I really look like the vice presidential type? Sitting behind him at the state of the union [applauding]? I don’t really think that’s me.”
In an interview last year, Romney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel that Christie would be on his short list for vice presidential running mate.
“Of course he would be on anyone’s short list,” Romney said. “He could take himself off the list and say, no way, he’d have no interest. But the truth is that Gov. Christie is one of the leading figures in the Republican Party and of course, anyone who becomes our nominee is going to look at Gov. Christie and say, ‘That would be a terrific person to have on the ticket.’”
Christie has joked that the former Massachusetts governor “would probably want to get a food taster” if he were vice president.
Watch this video from New Jersey Star-Ledger, broadcast May 1, 2012.
(h/t: CBS News)