Biographers: Chris Christie would be ‘productive vice president’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

The authors of a Chris Christie biography set for release on June 5 argue that the New Jersey governor would be a “productive vice president” if presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney were to choose him as his running mate for a winning ticket in November.

“On the campaign trail he is tenacious, going after political enemies with gusto,” Bob Ingle and Michael Symons write in “Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.”

“They could sell tickets to a Christie-Joe Biden debate.”

Christie, Ingle and Symons write, “could do an administration’s in-your-face, tell-it-like-it-is work while the president remained in the Oval Office being presidential.”

Close Christie confidant Bill Palatucci told the biographers that he has observed both Romney and Christie in private situations together, and they “like each other’s company.”

“They are two very different guys, but they really get along,” Palatucci said.

In what sounds like a pitch for a Christie vice-presidential nod, Palatucci added, “you get no sense that Romney at all feels upstaged or threatened.”

“He’s thrilled to have this guy at his side,” he said. “So whether that turns into … an invitation to join the ticket, we’ll have to see.”

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