What would Chris Christie bring to the GOP presidential ticket?
June 18th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

What would Chris Christie bring to the GOP presidential ticket?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Chris Christie says Mitt Romney should call him when it comes to the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket.

The popular New Jersey governor tells Newsweek magazine that he's not sure how he'll react if Romney asks him to be his vice president, that it all depends on what Romney says.

Christie adds it's possible he'll say "no", even though he's not even sure he'll get the call.

But Mitt Romney ought to seriously consider Christie. The ever-outspoken, down-to-Earth Christie could help the often-aloof, seemingly removed Romney in many ways.

Voters like Christie's honesty and bluntness – and he connects with them in a way that Romney just can't. Plus Christie could fire up the base, especially those who think Romney hasn't been a strong enough conservative voice.

As Newsweek points out, Christie has succeeded in both identifying and mastering the defining public policy challenge of this era: reining in the cost of government.

His willingness to take on the teachers' unions and public sector workers and cut government spending in New Jersey is what the rest of the country needs to do.

It's just one reason why Christie would be a bold choice. But it might also be one that Mitt Romney is not prepared to make.

That's because Christie comes with risks too. Being outspoken isn't always what you want in a vice president. Just ask Barack Obama.

But if it happens, those vice presidential debates between Christie and Joe Biden would definitely be must-see TV.

Meanwhile, if Christie doesn't get tapped as Romney's No. 2, there's growing buzz he could be the keynote speaker at the Republican convention this summer. Once again, must-see TV.

Here's my question to you: What would Chris Christie bring to the GOP presidential ticket?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. DaleW in MA

    A dramatic increase in food expenses, otherwise nothing political nor intellectual.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  2. David Gerstenfeld

    Christie's weight would rightly focus discussion on the epedimic of obesity in America. He's definitely not the image I want for my country.
    David, Las Vegas

    June 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  3. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    Simple a brain enough said.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  4. David of Alexandria VA

    Two words, jack; Consecutive Translation. Romney is a very capable guy with lots of new and reframed ideas but still suffers from a "common man" way of communicating them. Christy acts and commiunicates like a common man and can help convert Romney Speak to English.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  5. Ron WPAFB

    A lot of sandwiches, and a bigger Bus!

    June 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  6. wayne, va beach, va

    Other then another William Howard Taft in size, Jack., I think Gov. Christie would be a breath of fresh air compared to Biden. He would be a VP that would tell us the truth whether we liked it or not. Also he would make a great Pres. in 8 years if his wieght doesn't catch up with him

    June 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  7. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Nothing at all, unless he is willing to confirm the conservative base's worst fears on the etch-a-sketch factor. Aside from that, I have a really good fat joke. Since I am also a bit portly, I will use it. About 325 pounds.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  8. Gary in San Jose, California

    Christie would play the attack dog role for Romney the same way Biden plays the attack dog role for Obama.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  9. George in PA

    Although he would bring support for Romney, I hope he waits and runs for president in 2016.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  10. C Oliver

    For the east cost maybe something,from central to western state and southern state nothing, Chris Christie is full of eastern BS, for us folks in the south west we have all we take from Rick Perry!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  11. Jim


    What would Christie bring? Oh, about 300 pounds and 50 more electoral votes – for Obama.

    Reno, Nevada

    June 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  12. john from atlanta

    nothing new,same old same old thing,NJ how's Chris Christie working for you any buyers remorse?they all answer to their billionaire brothers and that means only one thing,end of middle class as we know it/senior citizen watch out.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  13. Pat in Michigan

    Well,Govenor Romney would say and do anything to outdo his father and be President ,so why not have a vice president who will say anything ,even to the detriment of the people,to be vice president. He is rude and crude just like the party that funds him

    June 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  14. John Lake Charles, LA

    Christie would add beef to the bull.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  15. Karl in Flint, MI

    The best Chris Christie could bring, and this is for the Democrats, is showing Romney up for the boring, out of touch dullard he is. Christie has too much personality for this ticket. Mitt needs someone even dorkier then he is to have a workable partnership.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  16. Pete in Georgia

    What would he bring ??
    Probably another 300 lbs. or so.

    Seriously though, he is a straight shooter, down to earth guy who's not affraid to tell it like it is.
    A breath of fresh air compared to the stench now in power.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  17. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Jeez Jack, both are from those hated Yankee Blue States in the northeast. Those in the Red States grudgingly can tolerate for one of them, Romney, but not that fat ole boy from New Jersey. Red State folks want their own good ole boy on the ticket. Bringing Chris Christie to the GOP presidential ticket would be as appealing to them as a bowl of cold grits.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Jayne in NH

    Ben and Jerry's?

    June 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  19. Larry, RI

    Another reason not to vote for it!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  20. Bob D Iowa

    Besides a Big Mouth, a Big Heavy Hand, other Big parts of his Body where they don’t count and Pants that can’t be filled by any one normal person, Oh Legalized Bullying. Does he get to keep his Cargo Helicopter?

    June 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  21. Mike in Toronto

    A very large shadow Jack so that Mitt will no longer need sunscreen.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  22. jk in MN

    A big mouth htat often opens before thinking and more comfort to Tea Party America – not much else.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  23. Bob D Iowa

    Besides a Big Mouth, a Big Heavy Hand, other Big parts of his Body where they don’t count and Pants that can’t be filled by any one normal person, Oh Legalized Bullying. My question is. Does he get to keep his Cargo Helicopter to get around?

    June 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  24. Dave - Phx

    More hot air and empty promises.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  25. Tom in Desoto, TX

    As a native of New Jersey, I cannot help think of the cast of "The Jersey Shore" and "The Real Housewife's" , perhaps some of those people could be in the cabinet. Department of Education or Environmental issues like overseeing beach cleanup. As for Christie himself, I doubt if health and exercise will be any issue he addresses. Friends in N.J. say they have the highest property taxes in the country. I cannot think of a thing Christie would bring. I'm voting for Obama anyway.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Mark in BC NV

    These two would be far better than the socialist clowns we have in office now. Time for the adults to take over.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  27. Bill of New Mexico

    I can see where some could get excited about Christie.

    Christie does not excite me, but then, I don't know who would.

    I am completely burned out on these politicians.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  28. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Yea, lets put more people in charge who think teachers are an "expense" to society.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  29. Gigi Oregon

    He would be the Joe Biden of the republican party only he would be carrying a lot more weight.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  30. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Romney likes to flip-flop on issues. He has changed his position on just about everything since he was Gov. of Massachusetts. Christie on the other hand with his mob like accent is outspoken and sometimes even rude, but you know where he stands on the issues. I'm not sure how Christie's act will play in the South with the good old boys. They don't like a bold Yankee from New Jersey telling them what to do. For this reason is why I think Romney and Christie will not blend together and that will be evident for everyone to see on the campaign trail.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  31. Jim, Cranford NJ

    In the long run, very little. For a man of his size; Christie is an empty suit. Bully and bluster can carry one only so far. In the end you need to produce and for those of us who supported him a few years ago; the disappointments are mounting. His act is wearing thin with little to show for it. New Jersey's fundamental problems remain unaddressed and unsolved.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Gov Christie would bring a double-down approach to the GOP but would be leaps and bounds better than the quitter that McCain selected. Yes, bluntness and honesty are fine qualities but a real turn off when it comes to national politics across the country. He wouldn't bring votes but is needed for aloof Romney.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  33. calaurore9

    Bombast. Excitement. Authenticity. Agree with him or not. He'd be so much fun. We need fun.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    June 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  34. Larry from Kansas


    Chris Christy could change the whole election. He will bring excitement to the ticket and will not be afraid to answer any questions. Mitt Romney is a well oiled weather vane that needs a North wind. People would tune in to watch and listen to the answers the outspoken Christy would not be afraid to give. It would be the best choice Romney has made in the whole campaign.

    Larry from Kansas

    June 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  35. Michael

    Why Jack, Christie would bring his Hardy to Romney's Laurel .

    Michael Largo FL.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  36. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Christie would bring nothing to the gop ticket. New Jersey has the highest property taxes and christie has done nothing to reduce property taxes. Instead of reducing property taxes he implemented a 2% cap which is full of exemptions, he did not eliminate teacher tenure, he has not even tried to consolidate the 600 municipal school systems and superintendents, he negotiated and approved raises for state workers, he made minor changes to pension and health benefits which do not apply to thousands of current retirees, and the state pension system is bankrupt with no fix in sight.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  37. Pete in Florida

    Sorry, but I have to disagree about his "honesty". Remember that clip the nedia showed repeatedly about a year ago, with Christie verbally blasting and humilating a lady who SUPPOSEDLY asked a question about his son? Problem is, his vicious response didn't answer the question, which did NOT ask about his son, but DID ask why Christie wouldn't support public education. Look at the video and see for yourself. He avoided the real question, unfairly attacking the woman to shift focus. Makes him arrogant and dishonest in my book.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  38. Gerry

    Blunt, honest f acts and a well catered lunch.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  39. Eugenio

    Chris Christie would upstage Romney big-time. Christie's combative style would certainly add some "zip" to the Romney campaign, but would certainly "zap" Romney's chances of winning. Does any politician really want a co-star that will upstage them? Hardly.

    Coming from West Oakland, California

    June 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  40. bonnie from NJ

    Being from New Jersey, I don't see it. He talks a good game, but to me that is all it is, talk. He is a typical Republican who is behind the rich and not the middle class. He refuses a millionaire's tax, but I was willing to live with that but then he had no problem doubling the tolls on NJ's highways and the bridges and tunnels into NYC. These raises caused the middle class great hardship and nothing was done to reign in the costs on the high paid (by the state) executives who run these things. Now he wants to have a 10% across the board income tax cut when we still have a huge shortfall in our budget. This cut means about $30 to me, but we all know who benefits in a big way from this and it is not the middle class.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  41. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Gov. Christy can contribute his distinctly New Jersey rhetorical flavor for telling America to quit whining about their forfeited entitlements and social programs that were preventing President Romney from rebuilding the military. War cost money, the rich are already too taxed, the debt and deficit can wait, let the people eat cake.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  42. Virginia - Atlanta

    Christie a man convinced that he knows the answers and loudly proclaims that fact. He would bring steadfastness to balance Romney's flopping. That is a good thing for the Republicans, even though what he believes is the polar opposite of what would be good for our country.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  43. s.

    My prediction is that he'd only bring something we have way too much of already, whether in politics or in everyday life...sarcasm. The scary part is that many people find that appealing. His negativity would not just validate but feed the fire that rages out of control in our society today.


    June 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  44. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, he would bring the same thing Sarah Palin brought in 2008, he would excite the far right and drive away Independents. As refreshing as he might seem, he still represents 30 years of Republican economic policies that are proven to be failures and that led to the so-called Bush recession.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  45. Gordo from NJ

    It never ceases to amaze me how my out-of-state friends have this comic-strip superhero vision of Christie. They see a magical fiscal conservative, but here in NJ we see a devious bully who hates teachers and public employees, and seems to be running a three-card monty scam with our money. Most revealing, is yesterday's New York Times article exposing his deep connections to the NJ halfway house scandal. Based on the list of murders and other crimes committed by those who just walked out the doors of these grossly mismanaged privatized jails, Christie may soon be the recipient of his own "Willie Horton" ad.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  46. Loren, Chicago

    A lot of fat jokes on late night TV? You're right that Christie would bring a lot of baggage to the race, and if you're looking for a referendum on the New Republicanism vs. Old-line Democrats, then Christie would be perfect for the ticket, but I don't think that that's what Romney is looking for.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  47. David

    If Christie was on the ballot in November, there is no chance of Obama winning. Christie is a leader who shows how to really lead this country by taking a stand against what is wrong. I can see it now, Rommey-Christie 2012.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  48. Paul in NC

    He would bring us yet another Republican VP candidate who should never be allowed within ICBM range of the Oval Office.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  49. Josh

    Jack let's take a good look At the big picture! Christie would be a great choice for VP, but in all I feel he would be a better president than Romney! He is blunt and honest unlike Romney who can't admit that he had failed when it came to creating jobs when he was a Gov. It may just be me, but Mr. Romney can't decide where he stands! One day he is for one thing the next day he changes his mind. That is the last thing this country needs.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  50. Sylvia from California

    Chis Christie will bring, CREDIBILITY, LEADERSHIP AND RESULTS.... Christie is one politician who "walks the talk" and I will most definitely vote for that team!!

    June 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  51. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    another foot in yet another mouth

    June 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  52. Pam

    He would not bring a winning ticket....There will never be another Republican president with only a majority of the white vote.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  53. Evangenital

    A Stiff Mitt & the Bully!

    June 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  54. al in Delaware

    You've got to be kidding me. This big fat loudmouthed slob as Vice President. His Krispy Kreme bill alone would double the Deficit.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  55. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Christie would only add to the sociopathic presidency if we elect Romney. Both of these men are incurably insane.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  56. Boo

    I could answer this but I'm sure CNN will drag out the censors....how about alot of hot air?

    June 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  57. Felix, Dallas TX

    Christie will bring a lot of fat and baggage to the table, period.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  58. Kim in Charlotte

    Christie would bring lots of jokes for SNL!

    June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  59. Josh

    Josh from Kernersville NC
    Jack let's take a good look at this picture. Romney/Christie that would be a great move on Romney's part. Better yet I feel Christie would be a better choice for President. He is blunt and honest. He can take the heat and give some of his own right back! Unlike Romney who will not admit he did a bad job when it came to creating jobs when he was Gov. Mr. Romney can't decide where he wants to be firm in many issues. One day he is on the right side of the fence the next day he will be on the left. A president like that is the last thing this country needs!!! Christie would be ideal for the USA! Have a great day Mr. Cafferty.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  60. Pam

    It would bring kitchen staff the White House a lot of extra hours of work to fill that belly

    June 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  61. Burbank

    Our X sized population of gluttons could rest assured they will not be asked to pull their own healthcare weight with a fat tax, just keep on persecuting the dwindling smokers instead! Yeah! That's the ticket!

    June 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  62. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    He would bring donuts to the campaign. Lots of donuts.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  63. Scott from Florida

    If Christie is on the GOP ticket, it will most likely break, as Christie's weight exceeds the 5,000 ton limit.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  64. Joey in the Bronx

    A candidate who Americans can identify with because he looks like most Americans

    June 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  65. Burbank

    This hugely obese food addict is far too unhealthy to hold a public office. He may not even be alive the full term!

    June 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  66. Dan in Aluquerque

    Jack, 300 pounds and New Jersey Mafia personna.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  67. joe

    Proof that Michele Obama is right about fighting obesity. If you don't start with the children, it's a lost cause.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  68. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Trouble. Christie hasn't been honest in the past about costs and savings for New Jersey. That would get repeat headlines, but this time in bold print.

    Because Europe went with the Republican approach of austerity and is now in double dip recession, Christie's job cutting is once again proven to be the wrong way to stimulate an economy out of recession. Romney needs the Governor of New Mexico. The only thing she and Palin have in common is their sex.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  69. Ed in Harrisburg

    Quite frankly I am worried that Christie is one corn dog away from poor health which might get Mitt the sympathy vote. I doubt he has the physical strength to endure the campaign or the office should he win if he doesn't start taking care of himself.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  70. Edgar

    he would bring GRAVITAS, not to mention a load of GRAVITY

    June 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  71. Jack Riley

    he reminds me of a oversized bully, who uses his mouth for food ( a lot), and also for his remarks that are geared toawrd one segmant of our society!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  72. chris brown fl

    a really really big lunch box not to much else repubs only bring the same old crap i dont want to pay taxes

    June 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  73. Freeman

    I've heard it said that Christie can be very charismatic. He can also be very rude and very condescending.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  74. Jenna Roseville CA

    What would Chris "Krispy Kreme" Christie bring to Willard Mitt Romney?

    Thugary, Fat Jokes, Corruption, Sweat, Stupidity, etc..

    Pleaseeeeee chose Chris "Krispy Kreme" Christie Willard, we Democrats BEG you!

    Roseville CA

    June 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  75. Ron

    Put the BIG BOY on. that will be 2 straight elections a VP nominee have sank an election. I predict a democratic congres to go with a Democratic President Obama in landslides. Conservatist trickle down has got to go America, and dont forget the Supreme Court Jeckles..... We dont want more corporations becoming people now, population is up to the people NOT the Supreme Court Jeckles and the coporations. I just can t believe how brain washed conservatives are, its amazing they think Fat Boy is a hero. He is a Koch Brothers puppet..... along with YOUR SO BAIN!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  76. Cres from Fla.

    Something maybe a little bit better than Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush........and that ain't sayng much.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  77. Cee.La

    Oh No Jack he cant make Gov. Christie. his VP........he needs to take Governor Jindal of Louisiana.Pleeeeze!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  78. DDSilks

    I don't care what Christie does or does not bring to the ticket. I am voting Obama OUT.
    Why? What has Obama brought to the table? What is ON the table? What is UNDER the table? NOTHING! Only sanctions for illegal aliens taking jobs away from the TRUE Americans.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  79. NurseLisa in CT

    It would mean – 4 more years.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  80. keithd561

    Christie is one of the few governors who inherited a financial mess and has turned it around in a heavily Democratic state.
    Even among Democrats in NJ, he is a rock star.
    He knows what he's doing and would definitely stregnthen the Romney ticket.
    As far as debating Plugs Biden, it would be embarrassing for the VP.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  81. Dave Stripinsky

    Biden can only put one foot in his mouth at a time. Christie can put both feet in there, along with a ham sandwich and a half dozen donuts.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  82. Angela, Oregon

    Christie would bring Hilary Clinton to the Democratic ticket–that's what he'd bring to the Republican ticket. Certain defeat.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  83. Chris in IL

    I think Christie has a lock on the ticket. Romney desperately needs something to distance his ticket from the Swiss/Cayman bank account, prancing horses, car elevator image it has rightly acquired. He also needs someone acceptable to the teapeople, and someone who comes off as less refined. Christie could do that. But, Christie has at times not adhered to the 100% right wing extremist message at times, which could be a problem for the "perfectly lubricated weather vane".
    With or without Christie, no one can save romney. He's toast.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  84. Michael of NY

    Why would Christie, who declined to run for President, be interested in the number 2 spot?

    Why not just ask Palin again...seems like the results would be the same as in '08...

    June 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  85. mickey

    people vote for the guy they would most like to have a beer with, or in this case a couple of beers, two pizzas, some wings and a couple of orders of fries.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  86. West coaster

    Out here, where his means nothing, it won't have any impact. Fact is, neither candidate cares about the West Coast because they are locked-in states either blue or red. They only care about swing states. May as well not bother to vote, west of Colorado

    June 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  87. confused

    The fat man will out shine the mormon.... bad move if so

    June 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  88. Bill from NC -- who knows better than you do!

    Chris Christie will bring with him to the GOP ticket bluster, condensation, vitriol, and probably his personal chef. Beyond that, not much else.

    Please Mitt, pick Gov Christie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  89. iBod

    You cannot blame Christie if he decides to accept an invitation on Romney's ticket. IF he is invited and IF he accepts, it is obvious he has ambitions to run in 2016. I see him running, nonetheless, because Romney will lose the election in November.

    I am a Moderate Democrat, and admittedly, I like Chris Christie. However, it will take a lot for me to vote for him then. First, he would have to make it to the General because I will never vote Republican in a Primary. Second, on the Democratic side, Clinton, Cuomo, O'Malley, AND Warren will have to not make it to the General - and I have my bets down it will be one of these four names in the 2016 General Election.

    However, we're not even factoring in the possibility of his reelection. His popularity seems to be pretty high, but from what I hear, the folks in New Jersey do not view him favorably. As well, the Newark Mayor Cory Booker seems to be the likely Democrat he will go against. If you want my opinion, look past Christie. Cory Booker is the future Governor of New Jersey and when he wins, he will derail all the chances Christie had.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  90. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Wait a minute here! Didn't I hear Christie saying with all vehemence that he would never consider being the VP candidate not just a few months ago? Besides, would Romney want a VP who could have a massive heart attack any minute?

    June 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
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    June 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  92. Pete, NJ

    Christie would bring a brand new meaning to the Bully Pulpit. He would be a loose cannon a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  93. D. Bundi

    Cholesterol...Lumps of it!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  94. Clint, Wa.

    A lot of weight, but no substance!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  95. Linda in Arizona

    He's your governor and you LOVE him? Jan Brewer is my governor, and oddly enough, I don't love HER. Says a lot about you, Jack. What would he bring to the republican ticket? Coarseness, crudeness, and a TON of sexism. Won't that be wonderful.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  96. Dolores Surprise AZ

    300 pounds of lard

    June 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  97. Tina

    As an Obama supporter this would be great news. This guy is a right wing blowhard and will
    surely alienate the indy's and wait until the press vet's this guy...even better than Palin for
    the Dems!!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  98. Max

    Jack, to your point, Christie would provide a heart beat but that ticket would eerily resemble Bush/Cheney. The aloof Potus and the snarling VP. For some, in particular out of control corporations would love it!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  99. Bill from NC -- who knows better than you do!

    Christ Christie will bring with him a sense of seriousness.... about increasing the number of dinners each day to five while forcing fast food restaurants to serve pancakes and sausage all day.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  100. James

    Well, in addition to a fun election season, the 8th highest tax rate per capita – I wonder how he and Grover Norquist will get along? Maybe Mitt should consider another New Jersey big mouth, Rex Ryan, instead!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  101. Greg

    DOUGHNUTS! But more NUTS than DOUGH!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  102. guy

    Oh Come on Jack....If you lived in New Jersey, you wouldn't even ask this foolish question. Just what Romney needs is an angrey Fat guy, who has cost thousands their jobs in New Jersey.
    Hey Jack tell the 20 something MBA's who run CNN to come up with better questions than this!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  103. Mr. D.E.B.T.

    Chris Christie would bring 2 elements to the Romney campaign. One, some personality. Two another politician that belongs to the Did Everything But Think club...D.E.B.T.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  104. Lyn

    It's very simple–Christie would give the ticket authenticity. Mitt Romney is a phony. When he's with his cronies, he's wearing the power suit. Then he changes into his crisp new jeans and flannel shirt when he goes to Iowa. Pretty much does the same thing with his positions. Then again, Romney couldn't handle soomeone more popoular than himself, which pretty much means he's going to have a tough time finding a running mate. Is Palin busy?

    June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  105. Stewart

    It will only mean that Christie lied about saying absolutely positively no to accepting the VP position. What else would he lie about?

    June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  106. JB from Nashville

    Chris Christie would bring Leadership and an understanding of Economics to the White House.
    In other words, he would bring Reality ...instead of the La La Land mentality we've had for the
    last three years.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  107. Dave in Texas

    Let's see: Christie or Biden? Christie is a smart politician and will be heads above Biden in any contest.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  108. Southside Chicago Jim

    3 pizza's, 2 cases of corn dogs and 8 liters of Diet Pepsi.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  109. Joe Hohlman

    Seeing his physical presence will cause to much of a distraction on the campaign trail. Is he even up for that? Romney is already to much of a distraction himself. It would only compound that issue. Romney needs someone new, fresh, smart and progressive. possibly a women.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  110. John from Alabama

    Jack: Charisma and Fat Jokes!! Nothing, because Mitt Romney is small time audience boy in a big time circus. He will not be able to keep up with Presidnet Obama in a debate or anything, else. Mitt's real problem is his inability to relate to the common man or woman, and Chris Christie can not help him in that department.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  111. Paul

    Jack, he'd bring a lot of extra weight and a huge appetite for change in the White House. We'd see immense growth and a colossal ballooning of military spending. A new hunger for change would be evident. A notable expansion of the bush tax cuts would be obvious. His fresh ideas would eat away at the corrupt fabric of Washington in a hurry, leaving us ravenous for more!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  112. hj

    Christie would be a great choice! He would bring about 200 extra pounds and a lot of donuts!

    Nuff Said

    June 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  113. Randle Brashear

    Romney has two VP selection problems: No one on anyone's short list wants anywhere near the job; and where will they find someone who doesn't upstage Romney? Christie fits both problems. He obvioulsy doesn't want on the GOP ticket this time around, and he's flamboyant, a better, smarter speaker than Romney. From Romney's vetters' point of view, he's gotta appear repulsively obese.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  114. Blake williams

    He will bring solutions to the white house. The individuals who dislike christie are the ones who don't understand economics and the role of government.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  115. Joe

    Christie is pushing NJ to ruin and the Republican Party. NJ is in a financial mess. No one would accept less income when their home has a mortgage. Chriistie wants NJ to take in less money and fall deeper into debt through his tax cuts. All for his political career. Republicans beware he brings big problems. The media likes him, for now!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  116. Carol

    Christie would bring absolutely nothing to the ticket. His mouth is his own worst enemy.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  117. D. Bundi, Texas

    A couple of chins...and custom clothing. The Romney car elevators will become 'Christie Elevators'!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  118. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A 500 pound stick of dynamite waiting to explode right in the GOP's face.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  119. Ketch (O'Fallon, MO)


    June 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  120. David

    If Christie tries to privatize the federal corrections system like he has the state corrections system, he would bring a dimension of problematic ethics to the US government.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  121. phaque2

    I live and work in NJ and am consistently appalled at the manner in which this governor conducts himself. Yes, we contribute more to our public pensions, but the state has yet to contribute it's legally mandated share. Christies a shill for corporate welfare – up and down the state. He treats the public with gross disrespect. A true embarassment. Mint Robme can have him.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  122. Peter

    The New York Times articles this week on Christie's connection to corrupt and dangerous halfway houses in NJ pretty much destroyed his chances for VP.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  123. Jason (Lebanon, PA)

    Christie a V.P. for Romney? Why not the other way around? He can help New Jersey, then America will be a piece of cake.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  124. Tom K. From Beverly Hills

    It's funny...Chris Christie's critics can only resort to "fat jokes" when referring to him. That means he must be a real threat to the Obama administration, whose people are too cowardly to admit that this guy, who's all heart, will help Romney kick them out of Washington DC, if only Romney chooses him.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  125. bob in kansas

    Chris is a big, big man. Just ask his ego and toilet.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  126. John in Colorado

    The question should be, "What would adding Christie to the ticket do for Independents?' Christie is a right-winger; a favorite of the Tea Party. Wouldn't that further alienate Independent Moderates? Aren't the the ones who decide elections? Is energizing the Republican base the way to win? Shouldn't that party's base be already energized behind the party's defacto nominee? No? Bad news for the nominee. The 2012 election is not really about who will become President. Romney has lost that election. The real question to be settled is whether the American people will punish the GOP for their obstructionist behavior in government; something they were never sent there to do. The GOP may lose the house majority or effectively lose it if their margin becomes razor thin. And where are the jobs the GOP freshman class of 2010 guaranteed us they would produce? They haven't materialized. If the unexpected should occur in the 2012 election, it will be the the GOP was given a "shellacking" and effectively driven from government. Good riddance.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  127. Allen Scott

    He'd overshadow Romney. Verbally and physically. Christie is an intelligent guy, but America isnt ready for a "FAT" president.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  128. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Despite your infatuation ,he is the political equivalent of Donald Trump or a Rudy Giuliani without any manners or decorum, a self-promoting former Bush power fundraising Ranger, who travels with his own You Tube editing crew who immendiately stream online an array of his pithiest comments just in time for the morning news.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  129. Richard-Missouri

    I like Chris Christie, as he's a straight shooter, and tells it like it is. And he does NOT allow hecklers or the media to box him into a corner – he'll fight to get his point across. What I do NOT like about Chris Christie is his weight issue. Sorry to point out the obvious, but he's downright fat. And I do not care what anyone says, but appearances mean a lot. There is a perception and a certain prejudice toward people who are overweight. It's just a fact. Can't Romney find someone who is smart, speaks well, can defend his positions, AND looks nice? Unless Christine loses a ton of weight, there is no way Romney should choose him.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  130. Jack M.

    The CNN kiss of death for Romney and Christie!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  131. I'm a Rose

    A big loud mouth. I think he needs more schooling, as he uses words against some people that needs to be refined. He seems cruel and hard. People were so against one of Prez. Obama's Supreme court appointees because they thought she was too fat, maybe they should take a long look at Cristy.
    I actually think the Repubs need to replace Romney with someone else, he is NOT a good selection.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  132. Dan Louisville, KY

    Lest we forget, the GOP "Base" HATED Romney. They wanted ANYBODY BUT ROMNEY. Tea Party does not trust him; never will. Neither will "Christian Conservatives". So perhaps Gov Christie MIGHT be an acceptable conservative watchdog inside the White House. And from Romney's viewpoint, Christie could be a negotiator between the White House and the Tea Partyers on Capitol Hill.
    No one should imagine that Romney will ever be a "Leader". The Tea Party may let him walk first in the parade, but they will tell him the parade route.

    Mitt's most important appointment better be "Food Taster".

    June 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  133. Mr. D

    They would make a lovely couple-look and puke.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  134. Jim Charlotte NC

    Reducing the compensation of the American worker and not raising taxes back to their previous levels so the elite can have more is the right thing to do. Once America returns to the days back in the 50's when Blue Collar workers are living in 900 sq ft homes, get to take their cars out of the garage on Sunday to go to church and save up the few pennies they have to go to a movie once a moth is the right thing for Americans. Putting those second class citizens back in the cotton fields will do much to return America to the greatness it once had during the Great Depression. As Gingrich said surin his run for the presidency, we need to return to the glory days of the 30's.,

    June 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  135. n2video

    Mr. Fatty McButterpants would make a HORRIBLE VP, just like Mitt Romney would make a HORRIBLE president.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  136. Brad, Portland, OR

    What will he bring to the ticket?

    A quick temper and an ability to scapegoat other people for his mistakes.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  137. Ward from Bridgeport CT

    He'd add the elusive "jerk factor" to the ticket. Or as Dick Cheney would call it, "gravitas".

    June 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  138. Rednip

    "The popular NJ Governor", considering that only 49% of NJ has a favorable opinion of him, I'd hardly call him 'popular', frankly he rubs too many people the wrong way. Sure he might seem like a smart choice if only for the chance to help 'swing' NJ, but polls say that Obama has a double digit lead there, and a 'local boy' as a VP picks only helps a few percentage points at best. Also, his close ties to the Koch brothers is very exploitable.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm |

    he'd bring platinum loyalty cards to KFC, Pizzahut, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, BurgerKing, etc.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  140. John

    Christie's body cannot house a healthy mind. Let's face it America, our collective experiences tell us that politics does not attract intelligent, moral, ethical, compassionate, or spiritual human beings. The art of politics is about gamesmanship, arrogance, self-centered bluster, and deception. Choose anyone you want this November, all you will get is another politician, not a savior.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  141. thom richer

    Other than hot air and bullying? Zip. We need statesmen, not boors and tough guys. New Jersey is where he belongs and I hope he stays there.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  142. Al, Lawrence KS

    Christie and Biden both bring something that is seriously lacking in politics...brutal honesty. I don't agree with Christie's positions, but I can at least appreciate that he says what he believes. The media usually calls these gaffes..I, for one, could never figure out why. Ask a question...get an honest answer...that's a good thing.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  143. Jim - Charleston SC

    Only if roles could be reversed. He is a larger than life figure in so "many" ways that he would over shadow Romney. If Romney has to be the candidate then he needs someone as boring or more boring (if that is even possible) than himself. Christie as President could probably actually shame congress on both sides of the aisle to work together and do the peoples work.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  144. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    What will Chris Christie bring to the Republican ticket? About 450 lbs of somebody who can really throw his weight around. How will he control spending when he can't even control his appetite?. What's his austerity plan? Christie puts the FAT back in fatcat. True he can crush his opposition–just by falling on them, but he seems like the kind of person who would end poverty simply by eating the poor. Yeah, go ahead Mit, put him on the ticket. He's the poster boy for ostentaciouness in a starving planet. By the way, I'm a Democrat and I'm voting for President Obama.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  145. JonfromLI

    What better to serve as a complete contrast to the First Lady's agenda on healthy eating in American than to have the most WELL-ROUNDED politician since Taft to join Romney on the ticket for the 2012 Presidential Election?!!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  146. WhatNow

    I can see the bumper sticker now: Vote for the boring and bold. Somehow, I don't think that ticket is a winner. It sounds more like a soap opera.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  147. Mark in Houston

    What would he bring to the party? Probably every single vote in Texas where smart mouth, macho comments weigh more than ability and common sense. Pardon the play on words.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  148. Dave B

    Type 2 Diabetes

    June 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  149. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Basically, he's Rush Limbaugh in a better suit.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  150. Larry in Houston

    What would Chris Christie bring to the GOP presidential ticket ? He may be the one – for romney to defeat B.O.
    I've been saying all along that I'm not a huge fan of Obama, even though I voted for him in '08' – – – The only time I've Ever Voted for a Republican was when Nixon promised he would bring the troops home from vietnam ( a war we should not have gotten into, btw) So – that being said – It's not going to change my life – no matter Who Gets IN. Romney AND Obama are Both likeable guys, with nice families & so on, but to be perfectly honest, I don't know whether I may stay home this time around.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  151. Jim in Dallas

    "His willingness to take on the teachers union..." Are you kidding me? Take a look around Cafferty, teachers are the most underpaid, over worked, under-appreciated group in this country and you seriously think they need to be "taken on." Get a grip, your losing your relevance.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  152. Larry in Houston

    after looking at the photo for a minute – If someone didn't know who these two guys are – they would say they look like Laurel & Hardy.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm |