ASBURY PARK – Gov. Chris Christie says he wasn’t disappointed about not being tapped to run as presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s running mate.
The governor addressed reporters on the Asbury Park boardwalk Monday more than a week after the presumed Republican nominee announced that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan would run with the former governor of Massachusetts.
“I told people all along I didn’t want to be vice president,” Christie said.
“I’ve been very clear to Gov. Romney … that I was not interested in being vice president of the United States but that I’d listen to governor Romney (if he called,)” he said.
Christie said he learned from Romney the night before the presumed presidential candidate’s announcement that Ryan would be tapped as VP that Christie wouldn’t be chosen.
“Gov. Romney sent me an email on Friday night as I was flying back form Montana,” Christie said. “When I landed I called him and he told me he decided to go in a different direction … and asked me if I’d be willing to give the keynote address.”