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Chris Christie: Room full of billionaires really wanted me to be president for some reason

Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz's book on the 2012 presidential election, the first major entry in the regular flood of post-election sum-ups, will be out soon, and the political press is busy reporting all the fun nuggets from it. So far, we have learned that Mitt Romney didn't even want to be president. And neither did most of his family. And in 2011 he decided to quite the race but then he didn't.

But a more interesting revelation, because it involves someone other than Mitt Romney, is the story of the time all the Republican billionaires in America tried as hard as they could to convince New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for president instead of Mitt. Christie was almost asked to be Romney's running mate until an obscure SEC rule made such a run impossible -- sitting governors can't raise money for presidential runs from companies in their states, apparently -- but apparently a lot of people thought Christie should be at the top of the ticket.

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