(NEW YORK) — Sunday on This Week, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie brushed off criticism reported in the new book Double Down from a member of Mitt Romney’s 2012 vice presidential vetting team, saying his advice was not something he should “give a darn about.”
“First off, political advice from people who ran the Romney campaign is probably something nobody should really give a darn about, so let’s start with that,” Christie told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “But secondly, all these issues have been vetted and if I ever run for anything again, they’ll be vetted again.”
Christie was responding to comments from Ted Newton – part of the team that vetted Christie for a possible vice-presidential spot on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential ticket – as reported in Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilmann, which chronicles the 2012 presidential election.
“Now, surveying the sum and substance of what the team was finding, Newton told his colleagues, If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him – he wouldn’t be able to run for governor again. When you look below the surface, Newton said, it’s not pretty,” the authors wrote.
During his interview on This Week, Christie directed people to Mitt Romney’s comments regarding his vice presidential selection thinking.
“If you’re in public life that’s what you have to understand. But listen to Governor Romney, and what Governor Romney said when he spoke last week was that none of this caused him any pause at all and so I’ll take Mitt Romney’s interpretation of all this, rather than some, you know, paid political consultant who was, you know, trying to make himself famous obviously in the book,” Christie said.
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