Christie would 'answer the call' on becoming veep
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while not saying he would definitely accept a spot on Mitt Romney's Republican presidential ticket, did say Tuesday he would give such an offer due consideration.
"I love being governor of New Jersey, you can tell. I think every day the way I do my job I love it. But the fact is, if Gov. Romney picks up the phone and calls, you have to answer the call and listen at least," Christie said on CNBC.
The outspoken New Jersey governor said he wasn't confident that he would wind up becoming Romney's pick.
"I doubt it," Christie said when asked if he thought he would be asked to join Romney's ticket.
The choice for running mate, Christie said, was Romney's decision alone.
"This is an election with one voter, Mitt Romney," Christie said of the selection process. "He gets to decide who he thinks should be the best vice president of the United States, the person best prepared to serve with him to turn this country around."
Christie continued: "I certainly am not weighing in, saying who I think it should be."
Asked about recent calls from Rupert Murdoch and Jack Welch for Romney to drop some of his campaign advisers, Christie said the Republican candidate's team was fully qualified to run a national operation.
A comment Monday from one of Romney's senior advisers calling a fee in President Barack Obama's health care law a "penalty" rather than a "tax" shouldn't be taken too seriously, Christie said.
"Let's not focus on what spokespeople are saying. Spokespeople get in and fill in space on the cable stations, no offense. What I want to know if what the candidate says. And Gov. Romney's been very clear about what this election should be about," Christie said.
Christie decided against his own presidential bid in the fall after calls from some national Republicans for him to jump into the race.