Could Chris Christie Be Mitt Romney's Running-Mate?

A few steps away from the Delaware River, in the marble halls of New Jersey’s capitol, there’s a consensus among Trenton insiders: Governor Chris Christie would gladly accept the vice-presidential nomination, should Mitt Romney offer it.

“Christie is open to it, his family’s comfortable with it, and he’s been vetted before,” one top state lawmaker says. “He isn’t going to campaign for it, but it’s no secret that he would relish the opportunity to play at that level.”

The open question, however, is whether Romney will actually pick up the phone and call — tapping one of the GOP’s brightest rising stars to share the stage. As one Garden State operative puts it, “It’s like asking Joe DiMaggio if he wants to play alongside Mickey Mantle.” Christie would help the team, but he may steal the spotlight.

“I think Christie has enjoyed the national attention,” says Ed Rollins, a veteran Republican consultant who managed President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign. “I think he would bring star quality to the ticket and he could help energize the base,” but his “big personality might overshadow Romney.”
... or maybe not.

My guess is that if you asked Mitt Romney (or his people) and could get an honest answer, the honest answer would be 'no'. Christie is a moderate Republican from the northeast. Many very conservative Republicans are going to have a hard time pulling the lever for Romney, let alone Christie.

Strategically, I think that you'll see the Romney camp pick someone like Marco Rubio. But only time will tell.