New Jersey Governor Chrs Christie says he’s not on the list to be vice president in a Mike Pence administration should the Vice President assume the presidency in the event Donald Trump is removed from office.
“I have not been asked, nor am I considering how I would respond should I be asked, to be vice president under a Mike Pence administration,” Christie said in a statement his office sent to news outlets today. “I can say I won’t be vice president unless and until I’m under consideration, and as of right now I am not.”
A spokesperson for Vice President Pence confirmed that no one has asked, nor is there any contemplation of asking, Christie to be vice president under Pence. “The Vice President is focusing on improving the lives of Americans and has not made any kind of outreach to Gov. Christie to be vice president,” said Mike White, deputy spokesperson for the vice president.
There is also no plan to reach out to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to be vice president, White added.
Christie, who left the Republican primary field during the 2016 presidential election after doing poorly in early contests, was one of the first candidates to endorse Donald Trump for president. The move was widely seen as a bid to be named Trump’s vice presidential running mate. And although Christie was publicly considered for the job, he was passed over for Pence, then governor of Indiana.
White said no one in the vice president’s office is looking at the question of who might be vice president should Pence become president, because such a move is seen as premature while Trump remains president and is expected to remain president for the foreseeable future. “If we were looking at vice presidential candidates, though, we would not be including Gov. Christie on that list,” White said.
A spokesperson for Christie said that, as long as the Governor is not on the list, he is not making any plans to assume the vice presidency. “There are no plans of that kind at the present time,” the spokesperson said, adding that that could change if events warranted it.
When asked at a press conference today whether he is looking at who he might pick for vice president should he become president, Vice President Mike Pence said he wasn’t, but that if he was, he would not be looking at Christie. “If we were to have a list right now, he would not be included,” Pence said, adding that Giuliani wouldn’t be included, either.
A spokesperson for Giuliani said the former mayor isn’t interested in the job but he believes Christie is. “I think Christie is putting floaters out there in the media, so you might want to ask his office if he’s interested in being vice president,” the spokesperson said, “because I’m hearing that he is.”
The spokesperson added that, if he is, he’s likely to be disappointed, because he’s probably not on the list. “You have to be under consideration to be on the list and I very much doubt he’s on the list and probably won’t be in the future,” he said.
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