New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that if presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asked, he could persuade Christie to join his ticket in the vice president slot.
“He might be able to convince me,” Christie told a student in an AP History class in Plainsboro, New Jersey, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “He’s a convincing guy.”
As rumors have swirled, the Garden State governor has played hard to get, dodging questions and saying that he was busy with his job as New Jersey’s chief executive.
“What I’ve said before is I really have no interest in being vice president,” Christie told the students. “But if Gov. Romney called and asked me to sit down and talk to him about it, I’d listen because I think you owe the nominee of your party that level of respect. And who knows what he’s going to say. And he might be able to convince me. He’s a convincing guy.”
“But I really love this job, I really want to stay in this job,” he continued. “And, you know, you guys are AP students, right, so you’re pretty tuned in. Do I really look like the vice presidential type, sitting behind him at the State of the Union going [clap, clap, clap]? I don’t think that’s me, so I think it’s unlikely.