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Numbers against Christie as VP pick

May 16, 2012 by Scott Bomboy


There are more polling numbers this week that show current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s star is fading as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney.

In the past, Christie joked with reporters that he would have to go to great lengths to put an end to those pesky questions about his candidacy for president or vice president.

"Apparently I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running," he commented in February.

Chris Christie. Image via Walter Burns/Wikimedia Commons.

But recently, Christie dropped hints he would possibly consider an invite from Romney to be his running mate.

On Wednesday, polling data from Quinnipiac University showed that Christie as a GOP running mate wouldn’t be a factor in New Jersey for most voters in the November election.

New Jersey could be in play as a swing state if Christie could deliver it to Romney, but so far, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“Christie gives no measurable boost to the Republican presidential effort in the Garden State as a ticket of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with Gov. Christie running for vice president trails President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden 50-42 percent,” Quinnipiac said in a press release.

The big reason: Voters in the Garden State can’t picture the blustery Christie as taking a second seat to anymore, including Romney.

Historically, the odds are really against Christie if he ran with Romney and then lost the general election.

The only recent losing vice presidential candidate to later win an election as president was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who ran an a virtual unknown in 1920 on the Democratic ticket. It took another 12 years for FDR to get elected as president.

Technically, James K. Polk was also a losing vice presidential candidate who won a general election four years later, because he received one electoral vote as vice president in 1840, in a different system used to pick candidates.

However, Polk was voted out of office in Tennessee in 1841 as governor--not a great omen for Christie, if he chose to run for the veep position and lost.

Scott Bomboy is the editor-in-chief of Constitution Daily.


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