Jul 20 2012, 3:44pm CDT | by Mark Raby
Political insiders in the state tipped the media that Romney wanted Christie's larger-than-life presence on stage to rally the party's base, but no official announcement has been made.
As a news conference in New Jersey's capital city of Trenton, Christie was quoted as saying, "Governor Romney is going to be the nominee of our party and any announcements he has to make about keynote speaker, first night speaker, vice presidential nominee, anything else that would go on at the convention would come from the Romney campaign."
However, if you compare those remarks to Christie's usual straight shooting, it seems he definitely has something to hide. When asked before about things like whether or not Romney had discussed VP options with him, Christie always gave unequivocal "no" responses.
This response is markedly different, almost as if to say, "Romney has asked me to deliver the keynote, but I don't want to overstep his boundaries and confirm it."
Even if he delivers the keynote, it doesn't necessarily mean Christie will be the VP nominee. In fact, most sources reject that idea entirely. But Christie has the presence that could motivate an otherwise unenergetic electorate.
With more than 10 years as a professional writer, Mark Raby has an undeniable pulse on the latest trends. From the quiet rumors to the breaking news of the day, his eagle eye is always focused on the newest scoop and figuring out how and why the big newsmakers are noteworthy and relevant. He is based in New York City.
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