For that "centrist/moderate to be Chris Christie would be to ask for a huge and bitter pill to be swallowed.
After a major article in the Christian Science Monitor headed "If Obama wins how much credit goes to Chris Christie AT THIS LINK (Excerpt below) there could be absolutely no credibility whatsoever in any Establishment attempt to disavow any disloyalty to the Romney campaign by Christie. That pig won't fly.
Not because here is any great love for Romney-he was never the majority choice of the rank and file throughout the competitive primary season, but because of a number of factors.
The Tea Party accepted Romney with all his perceived shortcomings, as the anti-Obama and loyally supported him without a mummer of dissent. In fact, if there had been the slightest anti-Romney statements from the conservative element the media would have pounced on it along the lines of "Romney can't hold the GOP together" and such nonsense.
Even though the Romney team went out of their way to snub Sarah Palin, to deny her a major speaking role in Tampa, to head their team with an anti-Palinite, she remained loyal to the Romney/Ryan team and did all she could under the most constrained circumstances to support them. There was no instance where the Democrat's could have used Palin against Romney throughout the campaign because of her loyalty and constraint.
Yet with the Tea Party and Palin and the rank and file being loyal the only major event during the campaign where the media could see a split and self-interest came from the marlin of the Coulter/Beltway "electability " wing-Chris Christie. The details of his "bear hug" with President Obama are too well know to go into detail here, and the CSM article covers it off quite well.
Suffice to say that the likes of the radical leftist site "Daily Kos" revelled in the Christie "endorsement" of the president whilst conservative sites were hardly disposed to it.
Christie's actions may play well for him in New Jersey and for his re-election campaign, but how well they will play to the rank and file, especially if he runs against Palin, is a moot point. Three 'electable" candidates in a row a big fat bitter pill? You betcha
If Obama wins, how much credit goes to Chris Christie?
The New Jersey governor has praised President Obama's handling of hurricane Sandy. Some Republicans wonder if Chris Christie's own presidential ambitions have, once again, undercut Mitt Romney.
With news coverage over the past few days focused largely on the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, the presidential campaign has been relegated to the back burner, even as Election Day fast approaches. Yet Mr. Obama has still made it into the headlines – most prominently, with Wednesday's high-profile tour of the devastation in New Jersey. Notably, it was a visit that the state’s Republican governor embraced with open arms, calling it “really important” and telling reporters he appreciated the president’s coming “very much.”
Perhaps even more eye-catching was Governor Christie’s public praise of the president, saying in one interview that Obama has been "all over this and deserves great credit," and noting that he’d spoken to him on the phone three times in one day. In other interviews, he variously described working with the president as “wonderful,” and he called Obama's response "outstanding."