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Christie on V.P. slot: ‘You have to answer the call’

at 11:36 AM ET, 07/03/2012

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) wouldn’t close the door on becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate Tuesday morning in an interview on CNBC.
In this May 31, 2012 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. (Mel Evans - AP)

“I love being governor of New Jersey, you can tell. But the fact is, if Gov. Romney picks up the phone and calls, you have to answer the call and listen at least.” Christie told Joe Kernan on Squawk Box.

Christie declined to say who he thought the best choice for vice president would be, but said he doubts it will be him.

“I like the way Gov. Romney makes decisions and I’m sure he’ll make this one really well,” Christie said.

Christie, who has been a visible surrogate for Romney since the early days of the primary, made a similar comment in January on Meet the Press.

“I absolutely believe that, come November 2012, I’m going to be governor of New Jersey and not in any other office,” Christie said then. “But the fact of the matter is, if Gov. Romney, who’s going to be our nominee, picked up the phone and called me to talk about this, I love my country enough and I love my party enough to listen.”

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