UPDATE – 6:42 p.m. EST: Two sources within the Trump campaign told nj.com Wednesday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will not likely be chosen as the likely Republican nominee’s running mate.
Rather, both sources confirmed that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be “the likely pick” to run alongside Trump against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and likely Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
According to one of the sources, Christie’s selection has mainly been pushed by the “Christie people,” but also cautioned that “it’s Trump — I doubt anyone really fully knows what he’s going to do.”
Two of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s potential vice-presidential candidates withdrew their names from consideration on Wednesday, as Sens. Joni Ernst (IA) and Bob Corker (TN) indicated their talents are best suited for Congress’ upper-chamber.
Corker, who appeared at a campaign rally with Trump on Tuesday in Raleigh, NC, explained “there are better ways for me to serve,” and wants to remain as Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, a position which arguably has more political influence than vice-president.
Meanwhile, Iraq war veteran Joni Ernst, who met with Trump in New Jersey on Monday, said she made it “very clear to (Trump) that I’m focused on Iowa . . . where my heart is.”
Ernst did indicate she’s willing to campaign for the Republican candidate, however, saying, “I would love to assist him out on the trail.”
So now, with two prominent candidates crossed off the list, Trump said his choices have been whittled down to “about” 10 people, known to include Indiana Governor Mike Pence, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Trump also told Fox News Channel that he is considering two military generals, although the candidate did not divulge any names.
“Well, I like the generals. I like the concept of generals,” Trump said, also pointing out that “[r]eally, we’re looking to go more the political route in terms of getting legislation passed, which is what they do.”
According to political event marketplace site PredictIt, Newt Gingrich is the odds on favorite to become the Republican vice-presidential nominee, followed by Gov. Pence, and Christie a distant third.
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