Book Says Romney Didn’t Pick Christie As VP Candidate Because Of Concerns About His Background

STATE – A new book chronicling the 2012 presidential campaign says that Republican candidate Mitt Romney did not choose Gov. Chris Christie as his vice-presidential candidate because the “governor’s background was littered with potential land mines,” according to a New York Times report.

The book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, also says that President Barack Obama’s top aides secretly considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the 2012 ticket.

According to the book, Romney included Christie on his shortlist of potential vice president candidates, but crossed him off, reconsidered, and ultimately decided against him because of fund-raising restrictions Christie faced as governor of New Jersey and concerns about his health and background, the report says.

Christie did not offer the same amount of information to Romney’s camp as other potential picks did, according to the report, and Romney’s vetting team had unanswered questions about a defamation lawsuit against Christie from earlier in his political career, a Securities and Exchange Commission Settlement involving Christie’s brother, and information on his time as a securities industry lobbyist, according to the Times report.

Beth Myers, who oversaw Romney’s vice presidential search, told the Times, “Governor Christie complied fully with the Romney campaign’s request for documents in a timely manner, including a complete medical report from his internist and cardiologist.”

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