Campaign insiders tell Politico that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was actually Mitt Romney’s first choice as his running mate, “lending an intriguing new context to the continuing drama around the Garden State governor.”
The strong internal push for Christie, and Romney’s initial instinct to pick him for vice president, reflects how conflicted the nominee remained about choosing a running mate until the very end of the process. At least on the surface, Christie and Paul Ryan are about as opposite as two Republicans could be: a brash outsider from the Northeast versus a bookish insider from the heartland.
And yet Romney switched from Christie to Ryan in a span of about two weeks… Romney was so close to picking Christie that some top advisers at the campaign’s Boston headquarters believed the governor had been offered the job.