POLITICO report: Chris Christie was Romney's first choice for VP

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.