New Jersey Governor Chris Christie—the former Trump opponent turned errand boy—has reportedly received the official paperwork for the vetting process to be the likely Republican nominee's running mate, the New York Times reports.
The news comes as no surprise really, considering that Christie was one of the first Republicans to endorse Trump following his own failed presidential bid, then rushing to the realestate mogul's side as a campaign advisor and defending Trump's statements in interviews.
Back in May, Trump named Christie the head of his transition team, which tasked his former rival with planning his presidential administration and trying to win over disgruntled Republicans unhappy with their party's choice. According to the Times, Trump has said before that Christie would have a place in the White House if he won in November. If the vetting goes well, apparently that place could be as Trump's No. 2.
Of course, Christie could just be a pawn in Trump's larger plan to launch a media conglomerate. According to a former crew member on Trump's reality show, The Apprentice, the former host has said before, "Everybody loves a fat guy. People will watch if you have a funny fat guy around. Trust me, it's good for ratings."