The internet erupted in glee late last week when Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence — and not Chris Christie — would join him on the Republican ticket. The New York Times’ take on the implications for the New Jersey governor led off as follows:
“Black Thursday,” one of Gov. Chris Christie’s least favorite local newspaper columnists called it, under a headline that declared it his “worst day ever.” At the least, it was the New Jersey governor’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Poor Chris Christie. All he wants to be is Trump’s VP. Or does he?
The delight over Christie’s downfall is premised on his alleged desire for the job. But as it turns out, the evidence for that aspiration is flimsy at best. From that same NYT article, subtly titled “Chris Christie Lost Out on the Job He Wanted. And His Bad Year Got Worse.“:
In an interview with MSNBC last week, Mr. Christie let on, unusually, that he wanted to be chosen as Mr. Trump’s running mate.
“I’m a competitive person, so I’m not going to say it won’t bother me if I’m not selected,” he said. “Of course it bothers you a little bit, because if you’re a competitive person like I am and you’re used to winning like I am, again, you don’t like coming in second. Ever.”
Maybe the real problem here is that Trump hasn’t done enough winning yet to make Christie sick of winning. But on a more serious note, does “you don’t like coming in second” sound like someone who was ever really prepared to be VICE anything?