- Chris Christie took his turn on the stage Monday as the latest potential Donald Trump vice presidential candidate.
The New Jersey governor - and former presidential rival - held his audition just a week before the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland, delivering a law and order message in the wake of the Dallas police shooting.
Trump, Christie said, “will be the kind of president who will put put the rule of law first.” He also pledged that a Trump presidency would mean “breaking some china all throughout the government.”
Christie, who spent nearly a half hour at the 2012 convention talking mostly about himself and barely about GOP nominee Mitt Romney, several times noted during his remarks on Monday that he had served as a U.S. Attorney.
“During those years, the president I served made it very clear, our first job was to protect American people,” said Christie, who served under George W. Bush. “Every other priority fell in line behind that.”
Christie is just the latest potential vice presidential candidate to campaign with Trump; Trump is slated to campaign Tuesday in Indiana with Gov. Mike Pence, who is also considered a top candidate for the No. 2 spot. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich last week stumped with Trump in Ohio.
Two other potential candidates have taken themselves out of the running: Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.
Trump, a political neophyte, has suggested he wants a vice president with some legislative experience, though recent reports have suggested he’s also looking at two generals, including retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014, but left after apparent clashes with Obama administration officials.
Flynn’s comments to ABC News that abortion should be a woman’s choice, however, has infuriated conservatives.
"Lifelong Democrat General Michael Flynn's support for abortion shows he has more in common with Hillary Clinton than Republicans,” said David Bozell, president of the advocacy group, ForAmerica.