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Chris Christie Won't Quite Rule Out VP Nomination

Chris Christie Won't Quite Rule Out VP Nomination


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't quite shut the door on running as the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, saying it would be "presumptuous" to do so when the job hasn't even been offered.

In an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday, Christie said the possibility of the vice presidential slot has "never come up" in his discussions with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed in October.

But Christie said if Romney were to offer him the job, the two would have "a full, complete conversation about it."

"Running for president, that's my decision and Mary Pat's decision alone. We decide that," Christie said. "Vice president is the decision of only one person — whoever the nominee of your party is. I think it's awful to say something when it hasn't been offered. The fact is if Gov. Romney comes to me and wants to talk to me about that, we'll have a full, complete conversation about it and then Mary Pat and I will make that decision about what we want to do with our future."

Christie has shot down vice presidential speculation before, telling NBC in June, "Seriously, forget it," and later declaring, "I'm not looking for that job" when announcing he wouldn't be seeking the presidency himself.

“I don’t think he [Mitt Romney] wants to be presumptuous enough to start talking to somebody about vice presidency when he’s not yet the nominee," Christie told Fox. "There will be plenty of time for that once he sews up the nomination," he said, adding that he hopes Romney will talk to a broad range of people to find the perfect running mate if he does secure the GOP nomination.

Christie said he and Romney have "a very candid relationship with each other."

"He calls and we talk all the time about what's going on in the campaign and he asks for my thoughts and I give them to him," Christie said.

He offered a prediction for where things will stand in a year: "I think if you fast-forward the tape to a year from now, I think it's going to be President-elect Romney and some other vice president-elect and Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey."

Watch the clip below, via Fox News. VP discussion begins at the 4:30 mark:

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