New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he is disappointed that he wasn’t selected for the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket, but is relieved that Donald Trump chose a governor to be his running mate over a member of congress.
“We don’t need another big mouth from Congress,” Christie said.
He denied a Weekly Standard report Sunday, in which Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort confirmed that Christie was “livid” he wasn’t chosen. Numerous news outlets also reported that he had personally lobbied Trump until Thursday night to be the running mate.
However, Christie said Monday at the Republican National Convention that Trump needed someone with him who has governed, not a “big mouth from Congress.” Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in his vice presidential search.
Christie denied lobbying to become Trump’s pick for vice president, saying was honored to be considered and had “no discontent” over the choice.
“Of course, you’re disappointed. I don’t ever get into anything that I don’t want to win,” Christie said. “But I’ve been through this parade before, and I realize it’s like getting hit by lightning. … We’ve been friends for 15 years, so this is just another one of those steps along our friendship and a hard decision for him to make, and he made what he thought was the best decision.”