Christie Officially Out of VP Contention

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan selected as GOP nominee, while NJ governor may serve as convention keynote speaker.

After months of rumors that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be tapped as the GOP vice president nomineee, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney instead .

Christie may now have the opportunity to serve as the GOP convention's keynote speaker later this month in Tampa, Fla. Being named the keynote speaker could open the door for Christie to run in 2016 and still allow him to serve a second term as governor.

“With Paul Ryan on the ticket, this is a team that understands the economic stagnation our country has been facing the last four years and the urgency with which we need to change course," Christed said in a prepared statement Saturday afternoon. "The Romney-Ryan team is uniquely positioned to make the tough choices necessary to confront our fiscal challenges and get results.”

The New Jersey governor, who in the past has stated he was not interested in the vice presidential nomination, may have ultimately lost out in the long run due to his short fuse and short record. In just the last month, Christie branded a reporter as an "idiot" in Monmouth County and confronted an unknown resident on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

Several Republicans who were in Norfolk, Va., during Romney's announcement told NJ.com that Christie needs to "tone down the smack talk" and "would have overshadowed Romney" during the campaign.

Romney's decision was lauded by New Jersey Republicans, including Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (D-11).

“I am pleased that Governor Romney has chosen one of our House leaders to be his running mate," Frelinghuysen said. "My colleague, Paul Ryan, is young, very intelligent and will be an excellent Vice President.”

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez also issued a statement, saying "four years of a  Romney-Ryan administration would be disastrous for New Jersey’s middle class."

"Mitt Romney has shown that he means business in his war against America's middle class by choosing as his running mate the architect of the budget plan that favors the nation's wealthiest people and corporations," Menendez said.

"Four years of a Romney-Ryan administration would be disastrous for New Jersey’s middle class, who have shouldered too much of the tax burden. As a result of Rep. Ryan’s proposed budget, seniors on fixed incomes would face greater hardship, as there would be an end to Medicare as we know it, and the Social Security system they spent most of their lives paying into would be privatized and subjected to the whims of the stock market. Proposed budget cuts would kill job growth and set back the fragile economic recovery. All of these would take a significant step forward to becoming reality with the election of Romney and Ryan." 

6 Miles August 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Fair taxes - not loopholes. Uhm no, unfortunately I had the pleasure of paying 38% of my pay last year which far exceeded the 18K to 20k you quote above. Not happy is what you could call me. 18K to 20K was when I was uh, "younger". Loop holes and accounts in the Grand Caymans or elsewhere certainly does not sound like "putting Americans" back to work does it? Sounds to me like... investing in properties [to rent or use] er uhm, perchance... in a 'bank' elsewhere which sort of, er sounds like having someone 'manage that' in a 'different country' and therefore a "job" perchance not in the U. S. of A. right? :) yeah.
Mr.budget August 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Christie wont even win in his re-election
6 Miles August 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Eh Mr Paul Brown.. do you live under some mushroom snuffing something all day long? You call some folks Democraps that are all corporate theives and drug dealers apparently.. ?really? Perhaps all women, excuse me and children and some men who have been raped actually were never raped? Because there is no legitimate rape is there? GIve us a break and go back under mushroom.
VietNam Vet August 21, 2012 at 03:22 AM
6 I guess that mushroom is better than that rock you crawled out from under last week. The democraps are just that and they couldn't win an "HONEST" election without having the dead vote, the illegal aliens and the gays and the cats and dogs and anything that can crawl. They wouldn't know how to run a good election because they are morons, just like your so call hero {a real zero} hates this country {Admitted it} and has no respect for our way of life. This people in this country used to be proud to be real Americans, now because of this moron they are nothing but freaken wimps with no balls.
CaldwellTurfGuy August 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Your salivating at the thought of free health care aren't you 6 mile. When is the last time you went to a DMV office? Romney pays 13% on capital gains, the goverment took their 38% on his original income now he should pay another 38%? Sounds like 76% to me. Is 76% enough or should we just go and take him for 100% and explain that it's fair to share.


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