By Alexander Bolton - 06/26/11 03:53 PM EDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday stated he is not vice-presidential material and that any GOP presidential nominee would need sedatives to tolerate him as a running mate.
“Can you imagine? The person who picked me as vice president would have to be sedated,” Christie, a Republican, said in an interview with David Gregory on NBC’s "Meet the Press." “I’m not vice-presidential material.”
When asked if he would endorse, Christie said “not necessarily.”
“I’m not a halfway kind of kind of guy, so if in fact I feel really strongly about someone, that that person would be the best president of the United States, then I’m going to go full force. If I don’t feel that way, I won’t,” he said.
Christie declined to say whether he would like to see another Republican jump into the race.
Christie’s strategists have put together a Web video touting pension reform in New Jersey that resembles a political ad, and he’s traveling to Iowa on July 25.
Christie said the current crop of presidential hopefuls would have difficulty sharing the Republican ticket with his blunt outspoken style.
“I think what the American people want more than anything else right now is someone who is going to look them in the eye and tell them the truth, even if it’s some truths they don’t like,” Christie said.
Christie said that is his style and that “we need to have that type of politics on the national level.”
“You know what people are tired of in politics? They’re tired of blow-dried, tested answers that are given by political consultants to politicians and everybody sounds the same,” he later added.
Christie recently blew up at a woman on a local television call-in show who questioned his justification for cutting funding to public schools when he sends his kids to private schools.
“You know what? First off, it’s none of your business,” Christie snapped.
Christie said on Sunday that his reputation as an abrasive politician is overblown.
“I’m huggable and lovable,” he said. “I’m not abrasive.”