Double Down Book Excerpt To Detail Romney Campaign Concerns About Chris Christie

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talk with supporters at Buns Bakery and Restaurant in Delaware, Ohio, October 10, 2012.

In an excerpt from their new book Double Down: Game Change 2012, TIMEs Mark Halperin and New York’s John Heilemann look at Mitt Romney’s on-again, off-again flirtation with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be his running-mate. Codenamed “Pufferfish,” in the aquatic-themed parlance of the campaign’s vetting team, Christie was a constant  thorn in the side of the Romney campaign, going back to a 2011 demand that the eventual Republican nominee refrain from fundraising in the Garden State until Christie bestowed his endorsement.  The New Jersey Governor’s tardiness to joint fundraising events peeved the punctual candidate, and Christie’s demand for lavish travel arrangements upset Romney’s staff. But Christie’s ability to passionately explain the candidate’s message to donors and voters made him a favorite for the spot, especially with Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Stevens.

The campaign passed over the potential 2016 candidate amid concerns about his ability to stand up to public scrutiny. The authors quote from the campaign’s secret vetting report on Christie, listing the red flags that kept him off the ticket and could keep him out of the White House, should he choose to run in 2016. The report noted that Christie had failed to fully explain a number of issues. These included information on an SEC settlement by the New Jersey governor’s brother, Todd, the terms of a defamation lawsuit settlement signed by Christie, information on Christie’s previous lobbying clients, medical records on his personal health and the citizenship status of Christie’s domestic employees. “If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, these items should be obtained,” the document read.

The full TIME excerpt from Double Down: Game Change 2012 will be posted Saturday morning on Time.com. Halperin and Heilemann will appear in their first interviews about the book on Monday morning on NBC News’ “Today” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

5 comments
c.carron
c.carron

And Michelle referred to Romney as a 'liar' to the wives of BO's top bundlers = not gracious, nor the behavior one would expect of a First Lady…..read it in "Double Down"

Moreover - How does she view BO's recent 'lies' regarding the ACA - "If you like your insurance you can keep it"??

This is a depressing Administration - making Jimmy Carter's " malaise" look like a minor hangover!

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

The excerpt that was posted this morning shows a lot of what Christie is really like. Good luck to those who see him as a uniting candidate for the GOP. Living near Philadelphia, we know a lot about the real Christie. OTOH, go ahead and nominate him, will make the Dem's job easier.


jmac
jmac

So Christie's problems trumped Ryan's math?   Oh, that's right - it's the GOP.   Man with The Math whose math didn't add up - no problem.

I personally think it was Christie's girth.  Ryan didn't have the math but he had The Look.  

yogi
yogi

 Double Down. At first I was hoping that title was a story about KFC's double down chicken-as-the-bread "sandwich". Needless to say I was disappointed when I realized it was a book about 2012 election. Then I wanted to throw-up after realizing it was Mark Halperin who wrote it. So in the end, I guess the title works, much like KFC's double down made you want to puke after eating it too.

Shinji_Hirako
Shinji_Hirako

Halperin is a enormous schwanzstucker.  Then again so is Romney.  Christie is quite a schwanzstucker as well, just not 24/7.