Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is seriously considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his vice presidential running mate. The New York Times was the first to report that Trump’s campaign is vetting Christie a longtime surrogate of Trump for his second in command.
According to the reports, Trump’s campaign sent Christie the vetting paperwork. The GOP nominee is expected to announce his running mate at the Republican National Convention, July in 18-21 in Cleveland.
Christie is already playing a significant role in a perspective Trump presidency and is leading the transition team. Christie and Trump know each other for 14 years. There has been speculation for some time that Trump might choose Christies although the New Jersey Governor has been coy about his chances.
Christie endorsed Trump as soon as his suspended his presidential campaign in February, and he has been a staunch defender and surrogate for Trump on the campaign trail, and he has also been serving as an advisor to the campaign.
Christie has been defending Trump through his many controversies and questionable remarks including the Trump University lawsuit, his comments about the judge handling the case and accusations that Trump is a racist. Christie recently said, “Those are Donald’s opinions and he has the right to express them… I’ve known him for 14 years, and Donald Trump is not a racist.”
Christie is one of the few and first from the GOP establishment to support and endorse Trump’s candidacy. Christie is the former chief of the Republican Governors Association and as CNN notes have “a powerful fundraising network and political connections.”
Despite this, New Jersey voters are not excited about the prospect of Christie been on the ticket A Quinnipiac University poll from May determined that “that 72% of New Jersey voters and 64% of Republican New Jersey voters thought Trump should pick someone else for vice president.”