Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, vice president, running mate

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie top the list for Donald Trump’s potential running mates, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to reporters on Thursday.

The Donald’s top two choices show the Republican presidential candidate recognizes his lack of political experience is a chink in his armor open to attack. While his opponent Hillary Clinton needs to boost her ideological appeal to constituents, Trump needs to do precisely the opposite to keep his ticket competitive. Christie has already aligned himself with the the New York billionaire by endorsing him after his exit from the Republican primary race, but his boisterous candor may cut even deeper into the nominee’s popularity. Newt Gingrich is still respected by the party elite, and can connect with traditionalists who have been slow to warm up to Trump. The former Speaker is exactly what Donald Trump needs to reinvigorate his deteriorating White House bid.

Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie Seen As Key For Balancing The Ticket

Chris Christie received the official paper work for the vice presidential vetting process, a source told CNN on Thursday. While the New Jersey governor ran against Donald Trump in the primaries, Christie was eager to lend his support to the presumptive nominee after suspending his campaign.

It is not yet known if Newt Gingrich received the same paper work, but an advisor for the Trump campaign said he is being “seriously considered” for the job.

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has also been rumored to be on the VP shortlist. Donald Trump addressed this rumor during an interview with WBIN-TV on Thursday.

“Well, they’re both good guys. I don’t want to say shortlist but certainly they’re great people,” Trump said. “Scott was a very early supporter and Chris was very early after he got out. And they’re certainly people I want involved.”

Like Trump, Chris Christie is known for his “tell it like it is” approach, and has often been criticized for making insensitive statements during his career. Newt Gingrich has stayed out of the media spotlight since losing the Republican nomination for president to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in 2012, but has recently been critical of other former candidates who have failed to support the presumptive nominee.

Donald Trump says he will announce his pick for vice president at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

CNN says a running mate will help with lack of experience
Trump has said he intends to announce his vice presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention in July in Cleveland. In choosing either Christie and Gingrich, Trump would satisfy his desire for someone with political experience who could help him advance his legislative agenda through Congress.

Vanity Fair says the VP spot spells career suicide
I wouldn’t count Trump out, and a successful convention can repair a lot of harm. But a spot on the Trump ticket is starting to look less appealing. It’s a big risk to your career if you’re young, and you don’t need the hassle if you’re old. So let’s look at who’s being considered and assess the challenges of each.

Slate says it’s all about the money
Perhaps not by choice, getting anyone in the non-kamikaze wing of the Republican party to sign on seems a tall order. Trump is presumably going to need help raising money despite his self-appointed status as a kajillionaire, which would mean someone who donors don’t hate would be a welcome bonus.