GOP: Chris Christie convention talk premature

Republicans say that, contrary to media reports, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R): Not a keynote (yet). (Mel Evans/AP)

“You''ll have to stay tuned,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon.

Sources with the campaign say Romney is not prepared to announce any speakers yet. The New Jersey State GOP Committee said they knew nothing about it. 

“I've gotten no invitation to do anything like that,” Christie told NBC. 

If Christie was chosen to deliver the convention keynote, it would be a very good sign that Romney is no longer considering the outspoken governor as a potential running mate. Aides to Romney have told the New York Times they are troubled by Christie’s temper.

But the prime speaking slot is a high-profile boon for politicians like Christie with big aspirations.

Christie was scheduled to speak to House Republicans Wednesday but was running late after a morning fundraiser for Romney and missed the event.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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