Romney Considered Christie For Vice President Twice

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, about gay marriage issues being considered by the legislature.
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Mitt Romney considered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his vice presidential runningmate twice, according to a new book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann called “Double Down.”

Romney ultimately crossed Christie off his short list because of Christie’s fundraising restrictions as a sitting governor and because Christie did not provide enough information to the Romney camp during the vetting process.

According to a memo obtained by the authors, Christie did not provide documentation on his medical history and other items like paperwork about a defamation lawsuit.

Beth Myers, who managed Romney’s vice president search, issued a statement to the Times at the request of Christie’s office on Thursday.

“Governor Christie complied fully with the Romney campaign’s request for documents in a timely manner, including a complete medical report from his internist and cardiologist,” the statement said.

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