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Double Down, co-authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is a chronicle of the 2012 election. One section probes Romney's process of vetting Christie for VP and the reasons for rejecting him. This snip makes the case for 6 reasons for nixing Christie. I have not independently checked them, instead relying on the journalistic integrity of the 2 authors who undoubtedly considered themselves libel-proofed against the garrulous NJ governor.

Project Pufferfish:

Despite their early disagreement, Christie eventually came around and endorsed Romney, and Romney seriously considered him as his V.P. But the vetting process turned out to be a horror-show. Romney’s team called the total search "Project Goldfish" and nicknamed all the V.P. candidates as if they were on a fishing expedition. Paul Ryan was Fishconsin, Rubio was Pescado, Portman was Filet-O-Fish, and Christie was Pufferfish. What they snagged on the hook for Pufferfish was troublesome. They discovered a Department of Justice investigation into Christie’s profligate spending as a U.S. Attorney, his tangential business relationship with Bernie Madoff, a tendency to steer contracts to close political friends, a defamation suit, potential health problems, and questions about a female deputy who frequently accompanied the governor. And those were just the things that Christie let them discover. His offices in Trenton were extremely unaccommodating, refusing to answer certain crucial vetting questions. “If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him--he wouldn’t be able to run for governor again,” Halperin and Heilemann wrote, describing the thinking inside the Romney camp. “When you look below the surface, [Romney's aide Ted] Newton said, it’s not pretty.”
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