Speaking to NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell on Saturday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie said that Americans would surely see him as a national candidate after his easy re-election effort this year. “I’m not planning for it, I just think it’s inevitable,” he said.
Christie added, “I think you people look at elections, and they try to discern things from them about what they mean at that moment and what they mean for the future. And I think that what people are going to see is so unusual for what our party has created in the last couple of years that invariably people are going to draw lessons from it and I hope they do.”
Christie said that all of the issues that supposedly stopped 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney from selecting him as his vice presidential candidate were “litigated in the 2009 [New Jersey gubernatorial] campaign, and it will be litigated in the future.” He dismissed revelations about the Romney campaign’s issues with him in the Mark Halperin and John Heilemann book Double Down as “two guys trying to sell a book.”