New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie loves his state. So much so that when it came time to decide between running the Garden State and running as Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate, he chose the former.
At least that is what an exclusive report in the New York Post Monday is claiming.
An anonymous source reportedly told the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. that Christie wasn't willing to give up his governor position because of fears that a Romney-Christie ticket would not win.
According to the Post, top aides for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said Christie was also reluctant because so-called pay-to-play laws would have limited banks like JPMorgan Chase and Citibank from donating to the Romney-Christie ticket, unless the governor left his post, because they do business with New Jersey.
One Securities and Exchange Commission rule enacted in the mid-1990s limits Wall Street executives from making personal contributions of more than $250 to a governor seeking federal office if their firms underwrite municipal bonds, the Post explained.
The other rule relates to the limits on pension-investment advisers making campaign donations to a governor looking to occupy a federal office.
"There were people around him that wanted him to reconsider, to actually push to be vice president," the source told the New York paper. "But he's known there are real issues here. Chris knows the score." In particular, the governor feared that Romney's failure to disclose more than two years of tax returns and his blunders during a foreign trip this summer spelled doom for his campaign.
Before Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, Christie's name was among those rumored to be potential vice president picks.
Christie has since disputed the NY Post's report, calling it "incredibly shoddy reporting" and said "much of what was said in that story just wasn't true. And they never talked to me. Both of those folks know me, so if they wanted to talk to me, they could have."
You can read more in the NY Post.