According to a report, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the vice president job and then took it back.
The New York Post reports that Trump had not decided who he was going to choose as his running mate with a week left until the Republican National Convention in July.
The short list that remained in the running included Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Those in Trump’s inner circle – advisors and family — wanted Trump to choose Pence.
On July 12, Christie reportedly contacted Trump and apparently made an “impassioned” plea for the spot. “Trump cares about who’s the most loyal and who kisses his a– the most, not who’s the most qualified and what’s the best political decision,” a source close to the campaign told the Post. “If it was up to him, it would have been Christie.”
Christie “said all the BS that Trump likes to hear, and Trump said, ‘Yeah, sure I’m giving it to you,” a second source told the publication. That source also said that Christie thinks “he deserves it and he earned it.”
Then, on July 13th, Paul Manafort, Trump’s then campaign chairman, arranged for the nominee to meet with Governor Pence in Indianapolis. After Trump had arrived there, Manafort reportedly told Trump that his plane was having mechanical problems so Trump had to stay in town another night.
Pence then used the time to plead his case for the spot while Trump’s advisors worked on Trump warning him that Christie’s Bridgegate baggage would destroy the candidate’s presidential campaign. “Trump had wanted Christie but Bridgegate would have been the biggest national story,” a third source told the Post. “He’d lose the advantage of not being corrupt.”
Trump apparently then decided to give Pence the job and told Christie that it would “tear my family apart if I gave you VP.”