SAYREVILLE, New Jersey (CNN) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called him immediately when news broke that someone had leaked details about last year’s vice presidential vetting process.
“Mitt called me right away, and I could tell he was really embarrassed and outraged about it,” Christie said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.
“It’s very disappointing,” Christie said of the leaks. “I think it’s a complete violation of trust of me and the spirit within which I entered that process.”
Details in the new book about the 2012 presidential election “Double Down” make it clear that there were a number of Romney aides who came to resent Christie, both because of the way he worked with President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy, but also for other reasons.
Stunningly, one of them leaked to the authors personal and private vetting information they acquired while considering Christie for the number two slot, including concerns regarding Christie’s health and weight, and how Christie, when he was serving as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, had been investigated by the Justice Department for exceeding government travel expense rates.
The leak was a shocking breach of protocol in what is supposed to be a very discreet process.
Christie made his comments to Tapper, anchor of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” as he was campaigning across the Garden State on Election Day.
Public opinion polls indicate the GOP Governor’s expected to easily win re-election Tuesday in blue-state New Jersey over state Sen. Barbara Buono, his little known Democratic challenger.