Chris Christie is one of several people being vetted as a possible running mate by the Trump campaign the NY Times reported Thursday. The Times’ story also reveals that Christie has become one of Trump’s top behind-the-scenes advisers on policy:
Mr. Christie is among those being vetted as Mr. Trump’s possible running mate, according to people briefed on the process, and Mr. Trump has said in interviews that Mr. Christie would have a prominent place in a Trump White House.
Already, Mr. Christie has begun the task of designing a government on Mr. Trump’s behalf. Tapped to lead Mr. Trump’s transition efforts, Mr. Christie has taken a role that some of his allies liken to that of a White House chief of staff, soliciting views on what a potential Trump administration should look like…
Behind the scenes, Mr. Christie has prodded his fellow governors and Republican political donors to line up behind a candidate many view with distaste. He has made only modest headway in the last few months: Mr. Trump has struggled badly with fund-raising and Mr. Christie has pleaded with donors, in personal phone calls and fund-raising events, to give him a second look.
So Christie is trying and as the former head of the Republican Governor’s Association he certainly has the connections to reach out on Trump’s behalf. However, not everyone is receptive to Trump, even as filtered through Christie:
Shortly after backing Mr. Trump, Mr. Christie visited one of his close friends in politics, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, in Annapolis. Over breakfast in the governor’s mansion, Mr. Christie and Mr. Hogan discussed the presidential race, and Mr. Hogan made it clear that he did not share Mr. Christie’s enthusiasm for Mr. Trump.
Mr. Hogan is one of several Republican governors, including Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Rick Snyder of Michigan, who have said they will not support Mr. Trump.
Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, speaking of Christie’s current relationship with Trump, tells the NY Times, “He’s in a position to be a good adviser. Whether Trump will listen to him or not, I don’t know.”