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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Veepstakes begins; feds in tax trouble; and which agency is the government’s Rodney Dangerfield? (read-this roundup)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Mitt Romney: Call me! (Mel Evans - AP)
Is it too soon to rev up the veepstakes? Like, even before there’s a GOP nominee?

Apparently not.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just miiight entertain the idea of being the Republicans’ Number Two, Aaron Blake reports. “I love my country and I love my party enough” to consider an offer, the gov says.

How sweet of him.

Elsewhere, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney isn’t the only one with tax troubles: it turns out that federal workers owe more than a cool billion to their employer, our colleague Ed O’Keefe reports.

And President Obama’s recent proposal to restructure the bureaucracy has the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of the federal government, reports our colleague Juliet Eilperin. Basically, it feels like it gets no respect.

And here’s the best quote of the morning, from this story by our colleagues Phillip Rucker and Amy Gardner: “If we put up anything less than a Boy Scout, we’re gonna be in trouble.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on why former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s past marital troubles matter to the GOP.

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