BEDMINSTER, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said today he’s “not looking to become vice president,” but left the door open to a conversation about being Mitt Romney’s running mate if the presumptive GOP nominee comes calling.
“I love this job (governor) and I’m not looking to do it (vice president),” the governor said.
“But I also think it is extraordinarily arrogant for you to say you won’t even listen to the nominee of your party – especially for me. It’s someone who I’ve been supporting since last October vigorously around the country – that I wouldn’t take a call from Mitt Romney,” Christie told reporters at a press conference here.
He continued, saying if “Mitt Romney calls and wants to discuss it with me, I will sit down and talk with Gov. Romney about it.”
Christie said the former Massachusetts governor knows it’s not a job he’s interested in.
“He knows that it’s not my desire, my lifelong wish to be vice president of the United States, so the fact is if he comes and talks to me about it I’ll certainly listen and listening means going into it with an open mind,” he said.
“But no, this is not something I am campaigning for or looking for. I have the job that I campaigned for and looked for and I’m enjoying every day,” Christie said following a tour of a school for autistic children.
Christie said this was his second trip to the Somerset Hills Learning Institute and when he stopped here during his campaign for the governorship in 2009 “no place affected me more personally.”
Despite the venue, Christie’s no nonsense style was on display for reporters following the tour.
When asked about local state legislators trying to bypass a property tax cap his administration supports he said “they should not trifle with us” before sending them a message.
“I’ve heard the arguments. I’m bored by them,” Christie said, before leaning in and continuing. “This is the world we live in, get with it, OK?”
When asked about stories detailing how much his security cost on a trip to Israel earlier this month, Christie said the stories didn’t bother him.
“You write about what you are interested in,” Christie said explaining he was “surprised it cost so little going into one of the most dangerous places in the world.”
“I don’t have any concerns about what you guys write about. It’s fine, it’s part of the business that I’m in,” Christie said. “They say in the ‘Godfather,’ this is the life we’ve chosen.”