Romney Considered Christie For Vice President Twice

October 31, 2013 2:46 p.m.
EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is to become a member.

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.

Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: