Christie VP dossier littered with 'mines'

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney passed on Gov. Chris Christie (R) as his vice presidential running mate in 2012 partly because the New Jersey governor failed to provide all background information requested by his vetters, according to a new book. 

According to "Double Down," which was obtained by The New York Times on Thursday, Christie’s dossier was “littered with potential land mines.”

The fundraising limitations imposed on Christie as governor of New Jersey also played a part. But Christie left a number of questions asked of him blank, more than other potential candidates, according to the book, written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. 

The Times reported that Christie left questions blank on things including “a defamation lawsuit against the governor from earlier in his political career, on a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement involving Mr. Christie’s brother, on names and documentation of his household help, on information from his time as a securities industry lobbyist, and on his medical history.”

Beth Myers, who headed the vice presidential vetting team, told the Times Christie complied fully with Romney’s team, “including a complete medical report from his internist and cardiologist.”

The book found that Romney considered Christie multiple times before eventually passing on him and selecting Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for the ticket. 

In a separate book published earlier this year, Christie had complained about the intrusive nature of the vice presidential vetting forms handed out by the Romney campaign, which ran up to 75 pages. 

“Asked about stuff with your kids, and issues with your children, obviously criminal record, mental health issues, drinking history, drug history,” Christie told Dan Balz for his book Collision 2012

He continued, “all intrusive stuff.”

Collision 2012 reported that Romney’s decision to pass on Christie largely hinged on fundraising limitations for a sitting governor. A Securities and Exchange Commission rule barred financial institutions from conducting bond business in certain states where its employees had donated to state officials. 

The book reported that conversations between Romney and Christie over the vice presidential ticket ended after Christie expressed no interest in resigning as governor in order to avoid those limitations. 

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