He has taken on labor unions and has been ruthless in paring New Jersey’s budget deficit, and he has a lot of the charisma that Romney lacks. Christie could be the opposite of a tea party pick, helping Romney in the tack back to the center that he’s expected to make before November.
On the other hand, Romney doesn’t exactly need another Northeasterner on the ticket. And Christie’s personality could outshine Romney himself. Christie is also someone who clearly likes to be in charge – one reason, according to Nate Silver at The New York Times, that governors are so seldom tapped as VP candidates.