Dan Balz: Christie Had to Resist 2012 Overtures

BY Terence Burlij  August 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM EDT


The 2012 presidential campaign lasted nearly two years, cost billions of dollars and featured innumerable twists and turns, which ultimately led to President Barack Obama’s victory last November over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

That election — from the bruising GOP primary fight, to the convention moments that took the country (and the campaigns) by surprise, to the voting on Election Day — is the subject of the new book “Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America,” written by Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz.

One of the most fascinating chapters in the book involves someone who wasn’t on the ballot in 2012: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As Romney struggled to connect with a broad swath of the GOP base, leading voices within the Republican Party reached out to the first-term Garden State governor to recruit him into the race.

Balz recounts his conversation with Christie about the outreach in a chapter titled “Chris Christie’s Story,” and shared some of the details when he sat down recently with Gwen Ifill to talk about the book.

Be sure to tune in to the NewsHour this week to see the rest of Gwen’s conversation with Balz about “Collision 2012.”

In the meantime, Balz also joined Gwen on July 31 for a live chat with readers. Replay that here. Or take a look back at the 2008 presidential campaign by watching Balz and the late Haynes Johnson talk with Judy Woodruff about their book “The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election.”