America might get a little of Chris Christie after all.
A day after winning the New Jersey governor's much-desired endorsement, leading GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said New Jersey Gov. Christie would be on his short list for a vice presidential running mate if he won the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
We agree on a whole host of issues, Romney said. We've spent time together over the last year getting to know each other better. I've asked for his counsel on policy matters and so I think we're pretty sympathetic on the issues that matter.
After much speculation (and much hopefulness from others that he would seek the Republican nomination) Christie withdrew his name from consideration last week, finally putting to bed the rumors of a run, by endorsing Romney.
Christie: Romney Is A Strong Executive
Christie praised the Romney as an executive who has used executive power, a reference to Romney's business experience. The endorsement was an easy decision for me, Christie said Tuesday in an afternoon press conference ahead of the GOP debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Romney, in turn, called Christie an American hero and a real hero in Republican circles.
The move by Christie to support Romney could go a long way in dispelling popular opinion that Romney's conservative credentials are not conservative enough. Christie told NBC he endorsed Romney without any promises from the candidate, Reuters reported, and demurred about the possibility of running for national office as a vice presidential nominee, saying: Honestly, I don't know I'd be anybody's good match.
The truth is that Governor Christie is one of the leading figures in the Republican Party, Romney said. Anyone who becomes our nominee is going to look at people like Governor Christie an say: 'Well, that would be a terrific person to have on the ticket.'