New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manchester, N.J., in March. (Mel Evans / Associated Press )
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continued to say he's not sure he's the type to be a vice presidential nominee, but he’d listen if Mitt Romney wanted to talk about it.
Christie, speaking to students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, N.J., said, “I really have no interest in being vice president,” but his stance appeared to bend the longer he spoke.
“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 of your party that level of respect and who knows what he’s going to say?" Christie said. “He might be able to convince me, he’s a convincing guy. But I really love this job, I really want to stay in this job.”
Christie characteristically then made light about the possibility of a Romney-Christie ticket.
“Do I really look like the vice presidential type? You know? Sitting behind him at the State of the Union going [clapping motions]. I don't think that's me. I think it's unlikely,” he joked.
The New Jersey governor, a rising star in the Republican Party, has consistently been included in the vice presidential discussion, given his early and ardent support of Romney, his popularity and his increasing prominence beyond the Garden State after a trip to Israel and his announcement that he will campaign for embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
But he’s also consistently dodged a final answer on the veepstakes.
“If Gov. Romney were to come and talk to me about it, I would listen because I love my party enough and I love my country enough to listen,” he said during an appearance on CBS' “Face the Nation” in February. In 2010, though, he said: “I just don’t think that my personality is necessarily suited to being No. 2.”