Christie: Nobody Should "Give A Darn About" Political Advice From Romney Campaign


GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You're also in the news this week because of this book "Double Down" about the 2012 campaign. And one of the authors, John Heilemann, is on our roundtable. Extensive section on the Romney vice presidential search process. They leaked your file. Never seen that happen before. And had concerns about a number of things in your background, including this passage on the man who supervised your background check, a guy named Ted Newton. And he says this, he says, "Now, surveying the sum and substance of what the team was finding, Newton told his colleagues, if christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him. He wouldn't be able to run for governor again. When you look below the surface, Newton said, it's not pretty." I know you think that all of these issues have been vetted, but a possible run for president brings a whole nother level of scrutiny. Are you prepared for that?

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: George, listen, first off, political advice from people who ran the Romney campaign is probably something nobody should really give a darn about. So, let's start with that. But, secondly, all of these issues have been vetted, and if I ever run for anything again, they'll be vetted again. If you're in public life, that's what you have to understand. Listen to Gov. Romney, and what Gov. Romney said when he spoke last week was that none of this caused him any pause at all. And so I'll take Mitt Romney's interpretation of all this rather than some paid political consultant who was trying to make himself famous obviously in the book.

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