ANGELA DELLI SANTI,Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says it's time for Mitt Romney to play offense against President Barack Obama.
Fielding a question from a Romney supporter during a town hall event at the shore, Christie says he thinks Romney "will do quite well" if he fights for the things he believes in. The Republican governor with the tough-guy image joked that he's well-suited to advise Romney to go on the offense.
Christie will be making a multistate fundraising sweep through the South for Romney this week.
He has stops scheduled in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina on Tuesday. He says he'll be in Virginia, Illinois and Minnesota on Wednesday before returning to New Jersey.
Christie has helped Romney raise $2.1 million in two New Jersey fundraisers. The pair pulled in $1.7 million in June and $400,000 during a prior event when Romney was still being challenged for the GOP nomination.
Christie has fueled speculation that he's being considered for vice president. But he's also indicated that he considers himself too blunt-spoken to be a likely choice for the presumptive GOP nominee.
Asked the question again on Monday, Christie said he has no inside knowledge on who Romney will pick as a running mate — and that he doesn't expect it to be him.
"Do I look like a vice president?" he asked the crowd at a beach pavilion in Manasquan.
"Hopefully, he picks a smart, well-qualified person who's ready to be president and ready to support him as president," Christie said.
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