During the 2012 presidential election, there was heavy speculation on who Mitt Romney would pick as his running mate. While it ended up being Rep. Paul Ryan, many thought it would be governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie.
Chris Christie has been a popular governor of a traditionally blue state in New Jersey and has found a balance between conservatives and liberals that many politicians can't seem to grasp. Christie's biggest challenge comes from the left of the Democratic party, as expected, but also from the right of his own Republican party. Many within the fanatical Tea Party wing of the GOP see Christie as too liberal or too moderate and have been critical of his relationship with President Obama following Hurricane Sandy's devastation of the Garden State in October of 2012.
In the new book 'Double Down,' the sequel to 2008's Game Change, authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann take readers behind the scenes of the 2012 election and reveal many interesting plot points. According to the book, one reason why Romney decided against choosing Christie as his Vice President was due to Christie's size and weight issues. Romney has been known as a someone who is health conscious and Christie's lack of interest in physical fitness bothered Romney to the point that he would often mock the New Jersey governor in front of his aides and staff.
"Romney marveled at Christie’s girth, his difficulties in making his way down the narrow aisle of the campaign bus...Watching a video of Christie without his suit jacket on, Romney cackled to his aides, 'Guys! Look at that!'"
Christie and Romney were friendly in public to the point that Christie gave a strong speech at the otherwise underwhelming Republican National Convention. Behind closed doors was a different matter however, with the book highlighting a scene when Christie found out about Romney's opinion of him, pulling over Romney adviser Ron Kaufman and speaking his mind.
"I'm tired of you people!...Leave me the (expletive) alone!"
'Double Down' by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann is the sequel to the highly successful 'Game Change' that eventually turned into an award winning film by HBO. 'Double Down' covers the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and the ups and downs of both sides. The book will be released on November 5 and can be purchased on Amazon here.