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Christie Had Tantrum At Republican Convention According To Book [VIDEO]

A new book about the 2012 presidential campaign claims Governor Christie had a tantrum at the Republican National Convention when his introductory video was edited for time.

Cover of Collision 2012 by Dan Balz
Cover of Collision 2012 by Dan Balz (Amazon)

As a speech by Mitt Romney’s wife Ann went long, the production crew decided to cut the video touting his accomplishments so network coverage of the convention would not be cut off at 11 p.m according to the book Collision 2012 by Washington Post reporter Dan Balz

CNN says when Christie was informed about the video, Christie threatened to swear during the live keynote address. “Christie told (a member of the production crew)  to ask the director if he had ever heard anyone say ‘f***’ on live television, because that’s what he was about to do if the video didn’t run,” according to an excerpt of the book.

Christie felt the video set up his whole speech. Angry words were exchanged between Christie and the director who relented when Christie promised he would wrap up the speech by 11 p.m.

“Pay To  Play” Law Derails Vice Presidential Aspirations

Governors Chris Christie and Mitt Romney
Governors Chris Christie and Mitt Romney (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

The book also talks about Romney’s decision to keep Christie in the running as a possible vice presidential nominee. Christie told Romney that his personality “is kind of big”  and he didn’t think he would make a good vice presidential candidate. It was the Securities and Exchange Commission “pay to play” rule forbidding campaign contributions from banks and bond companies doing business in the state.

The only way to get around the issue would be for Christie to quit as governor. Romney asked Christie if he would consider resigning as governor to which Christie laughed and said he would think about it. “After that phone call, Romney and Christie had no further conversations about joining the ticket,” Balz writes.

Christie recalls the “craziness” in being recruited to run for President by high profile Republicans according to the Washington Post.

Christie says he was invited to a breakfast by venture capitalist and Home Depot financial backer  Ken Langone. “The way he sold it to me was that this was going to be a small group of his friends who were going to sit and talk with me about why I needed to do this for our country,” the governor said. When Christie showed up, he was surprised to see what he estimated to be 60 people at the gathering.

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