Christie Gives No Hints on GOP Keynote Address

Governor says he never wanted to be vice president during stop on Asbury Park boardwalk

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday wouldn't give a preview of his keynote address for next week's GOP convention, but did say why he thought he was chosen for the distinction. 

"I think the reason I was picked is because of the job I'm doing here," Christie said during his stop at the Asbury Park boardwalk near Convention Hall to promote the Jersey Shore. 

The governor said he learned he wouldn't be Mitt Romney's pick for vice president during a phone conversation with the presumptive Republican nominee the night before the official announcement. 

"(Romney) told me that he decided to go in a different direction for vice president," Christie said. 

The governor said he was neither disappointed nor relieved he wouldn't be tasked with making the decision of whether to join Romney's ticket because he never expected to be asked in the first place. 

"I told people all along I didn't want to be vice president," Christie said. "It was always my choice in the end... It's like getting asked out on a date, you know? You don't have to say yes." 

But if he had been asked to join Romney's ticket, Christie said he didn't know what his answer would have been. 

"(I said) I would listen to Gov. Romney if he had things he wanted to talk about — and I did. But in the end he decided to ask Congressman (Paul) Ryan," Christie said. 

Christie also combatted recent reports in the media and criticism from Democratic lawmakers that cited recent jobs figures published by the U.S. Labor Department showing New Jersey lost more jobs in July than any other state. 

"I pick my words very carefully, and I've said right from the State of the State address forward that the New Jersey comeback has begun, not that the New Jersey comeback has arrived, not that the New Jersey comeback has peaked, not that the New Jersey comeback has been realized," Christie said. 

In nine of the last 11 months, Christie said, the state has added private-sector jobs and New Jersey over the last year ranks fourth-highest in job creation. 

He also accused certain elements of the media and "Corzine Democrats" of rooting for failure. 

"You've never seen the Democrats so excited as you saw last week when unemployment went up," Christie said. "You couldn't swing a cat by the tail in New Jersey and not hit an excited Democrat."

The state's unemployment rate last week rose to 9.8 percent, the fourth-highest in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Christie said he spent his vacation last week drafting his keynote address scheduled to be delivered 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

He said he was on his seventh draft. 

"We're working it out. We're almost there," he said. 

Steve September 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
If global warming is some sort of "conspiracy" or "scam" -- assertions made here that are disputed by the overwhelming majority of the world's climate scientists and leading scientific organizations -- then Governor Romney is apparently now a willing participant in these schemes. Just last week, in a written answer to science-policy questions posed by "Scientific American" and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, et al., the Governor had this to say regarding global warming (although he fails to provide any affirmative guidance on an appropriate policy response, other than clearly supporting additional research funded both by the government and private industry): "I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences." See, e.g.: http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2012/09/06/five_takeaways_from_the_science_debate_106365.html
enough is enough September 09, 2012 at 08:16 PM
opinionated usually people need to get an education before they can form an opinion. how do you get by? " the earth is a lot older than 150 yrs" yah think? i love the "if china and india dont clean up their act why should we?" . its the same arguement a 5 yr old gives you when they say why should they clean up their room if their brother didnt? . john jay who thinks that science is a scam and God can just solve it youre amazing. yes global warming was created by al gore. only thing is when global warming was first brought up in 1970 gore was in grade school. he must have been a genius to figure out in third grade that 40 yrs later he could make a billion. john jay and others who laugh at science are just the newer generation of those who years ago told the wright brothers if man were meant to fly he would have wings. with republicans we really have gone back to the 18th century to a time where science was for witches and crazies and God would solve all our problems. john jay i see you over and over again pontificating on what a great american you are and how you stand for liberty and freedom but i noticed you never bothered adding a comment to the other patch article telling of the 6 war veterans finally laid to rest in brick. maybe while youre busy patting yourself on the back you can thank them for the liberty and freedom you use as a talking point all the time.
enough is enough September 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
that goes for john b taxpayer, paul di bartolo , berkely lifer, chris and all the others who spend hours praising chris christie and romney with 500 comment threads telling of how your america is being taken away and none of you have a few seconds ever to thank any vet on any patch article honoring them for providing that freedom for you or even a word of support to those running relays to raise money for cancer and so on. its sickening.
enough is enough September 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
now that i think about it gov christie, romney and none of the other republican speakers at the RNC convention bothered thanking our troops either. the dems all did. it must be a common thing among republicans.
joani mitchell September 10, 2012 at 01:59 AM
thank you enough is enough finally someone who believes in science.


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