Donald Trump’s VP Top Finalists Include Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie

chris-christie-newt-gingrich_x1nyyyWith the Republican National Convention just less than three weeks, the guessing game of who will be the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump running mate is entering the vetting process with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie emerging as the top two contenders.

A source close to Trump’s campaign confirmed reports, first reported by the New York Times and Washington Post to PolitiChicks that both men received the vetting paperworks within the last day or two and are requested to submit extensive personal documents to attorney Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. as part of the vetting process.

Just last month, Trump told AP his shortlist of potential running mates has been narrowed down to five or six people. He also stated he prefer a candidate with “deep political experience to help guide his agenda through Washington,” as well as a “signal a willingness to work with party establishment.”

Other candidates being reviewed as viable picks include Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Bob Corker, and Governor Mike Pence. Long-shot options include Senator Richard Burr, Senator Tom Cotton, Senator John Thune and Senator Joni Ernst.

Trump has said he intends to announce his VP nominee at the Republican National Convention. However, the Washington Post reports that Trump campaign aides are in discussion to reveal his running mate as early as next week to “generate headline and coverage,” as well as to “win over party leaders” ahead of the convention gathering.


Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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