According to The Post, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is very close to choosing his running mate. The article has the usual roll call of vice presidential possibilities. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.). But one person mentioned among the notables doesn’t stand a snowball’s chances on a steaming East Coast sidewalk. His name is Chris Christie.
New Jersey’s Christie is the blunt-talking governor of a blue state with a 57 percent approval rating. He has a penchant for bluster and bullying that I’ve experienced firsthand. This would make him the perfect fit for the vice presidential nominee’s campaign role: attack dog. Yet two incidents in the last 10 days show that Christie might be too much for the mild-mannered, in-total-control Romney to handle.
At a June 30 press conference on a water emergency in Monmouth County, Christie lashed out at a reporter who dared to ask a question off-topic. He asked the journalist, “Are you stupid?” And when the event was over, the governor branded him “the idiot over there.”
The above confrontation took place Thursday on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, just after Christie purchased some ice cream. There must be something in the water there as this same town serves as the summer home for the pugnacious cringe-worthy cast of “Jersey Shore.” Christie goes after the guy verbally and physically.
CHRISTIE: You’re a real big shot; you’re a real big shot shooting your mouth off.”
UNKNOWN GUY: Nah, just take care of the teachers.
CHRISTIE: Keep walkin’ away. Keep walkin’! Keep walkin’! Keep walkin’!
The governor was led away by a security guy. He wasn’t too hot under the collar to pose for pictures seconds later, though.
When Republicans were looking for a savior during the primary contests, Christie famously said that he was not prepared to be president. Once folks decided to believe him, attention turned to him being a superb running mate for Romney. He has said consistently that he’s not interested in the number-two spot on the ticket. “Can you imagine? The person who picked me as vice president would have to be sedated,” Christie told David Gregory of “Meet The Press” last year. “I’m not vice presidential material.”
I couldn’t agree more. Besides, Christie’s actions of late should make it crystal clear that he doesn’t want the job.