Christie denies report that he turned down Romney VP offer
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday denied a report he did not want to be Mitt Romney's running mate because he feared the presumptive GOP nominee's chances of winning the election were "unlikely."
In a Monday afternoon interview with MSNBC on the convention floor, Christie ripped the report by the New York Post, calling the article "completely shoddy reporting."
Christie was mobbed by cameras and reporters as he spoke to Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
Top Christie adviser Bill Palatucci told the New Jersey Star-Ledger the report is "inaccurate."
Romney's senior strategist Russ Schriefer told Fox News that Christie hadn't seen the report until he talked to him on the phone.
"He said it’s totally not true and, in fact ... he used a little bit stronger language than that," Schriefer told "Fox and Friends" Monday morning. “He was, let’s put it this way, blunt about his denial.”
The Post reported Christie refused to leave his position as governor in order to run as Romney's vice president. He could not see a way to avoid resigning his post due to Securities and Exchange Commission rules that would otherwise limit Romney campaign fundraising, according to the report.
The report does not indicate how far Christie got in the vetting process before ruling out his candidacy and choosing to stick with the job he has.
Christie, who will speak at the GOP convention this week, was himself widely discussed as a possible presidential candidate.