(MAHWAH, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Mitt Romney didn’t offer him the number two spot at a fundraiser they appeared at together on Tuesday.
At a town hall in Mahwah, N.J. Wednesday he said to laughs, “I was with Gov. Romney last night. Let me announce that he did not ask me last night to run for vice president while I was with him.”
“Listen, I have absolutely no idea,” Christie said about being Romney’s vice-presidential pick. “My view has always been that I want to stay here and that I want to do this job and I don’t want to leave, but what I’ve also said is if the nominee of your party calls and asks you to talk about that, you take the call and you listen because you have to care about your country and listen to the guy who is one of two people who is going to be President of the United States for the next four years. So if Gov. Romney calls and asks me I’ll listen. I don’t expect to get the call, I don’t expect to be asked. ”
Christie continued, saying he expects “to continue to go out there and work hard for him and try to help him be elected president.”
“But, I don’t think that’s [going to] be with me being as his running mate,” Christie said. “I don’t know any inside information, that’s just my sense. I could wind up being surprised, he could wind up calling and asking me, but it would be a surprise to me if he called up and asked. It doesn’t matter to me though. I’ve got a great job that I love and I want to continue to do.”
It wasn’t the only time the top office came up at the town hall. In a light moment that became passionate, a young man told Christie he intended on being the governor of New Jersey and then president and wanted some advice.
“Because the press is here I’m giving you no advice on how to be President of the United States,” Christie answered with a chuckle before doling out some words of wisdom on how to become governor telling him to, “make sure you believe in something first.”
“It doesn’t mean that everybody is always going to love [you] because when you do something I guarantee you are going to tick a lot of people off,” Christie advised.
Christie and Romney appeared at a fundraiser at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge, N.J. together Tuesday night that raked in at least $1.7 million for the presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign. About 200 supporters listened to Christie say New Jersey will be “Romney country.”
Romney joked that he hoped someone in the crowd of donors would heckle the tough talking governor, for kicks.
“That man really is something, you know that?” Romney said of Christie. “I was hoping someone would heckle him so I could watch him go to town here, but you know better, don’t you?”
President Obama leads in polling in the Garden State, but the fundraiser was Gov. Romney’s third money raising stop in the state since December, showing just how lucrative the state has been for fundraising despite Obama’s electoral advantages there.
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