Christie threatened expletive on national TV? Not true, says RNC aide

A new book says Gov. Christie threatened to use an expletive on national TV if a video about him was cut from the program.
A new book says Gov. Christie threatened to use an expletive on national TV if a video about him was cut from the program. (New Jersey Governor's Office)
Posted: July 05, 2013

A new book is coming out about the 2012 presidential election, and the juiciest tidbit - according to several news agencies that received leaked advance copies of the book - is this: Gov. Christie, the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, threatened to drop an expletive on national TV if the biographical video that preceded his speech was cut because of time constraints.

Christie allegedly asked the director of the convention if he "had ever heard anyone say [expletive] on live television, because that's what he was about to do if the video didn't run," according to Collision 2012.

He then threatened to not give his speech at all. Russ Schriefer, an aide to Republican nominee Mitt Romney, intervened, telling the director to air the video.

But Phil Alongi, a New Jerseyan who was the executive producer of the convention, told The Inquirer on Wednesday that he was in the control room and did not believe the threat to use the expletive ever happened.

"That's not true," Alongi said. "I had never heard anything about Christie threatening to use the f-bomb at the convention."

The book, by Washington Post reporter Dan Balz, contains other Christie-related nuggets.

Former President George W. Bush had a 45-minute phone conversation with Christie when the governor was considering running for president in 2011.

"He kind of asked me then what I was thinking, what were the impediments in my mind, what were the concerns," Christie told Balz. "It was an amazing conversation."

After Christie decided not to run, Romney told him he was being considered as a vice presidential candidate. But Christie cautioned Romney that he was a "big" personality who might be ill-suited for the No. 2 gig.

Romney ultimately did not choose Christie, in part because of a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that prevents banks from donating to elected officials from states in which big banks are situated.

This would have dried up campaign contributions from Wall Street if a governor were on the ticket. Christie could have decided to resign as governor in order to run for vice president, but chose not to.


Contact Matt Katz at 609-217-8355, mkatz@phillynews.com, or follow @mattkatz00 on Twitter. Read his blog, "Christie Chronicles," at www.inquirer.com/christiechronicles.

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