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Chris Christie doesn't 'give a darn' what Mitt Romney's political team thinks

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has little use for the political team that advised Mitt Romney during his failed 2012 presidential campaign.

On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos questioned the New Jersey Republican on information leaked about his vetting process as Romney looked for a running mate.

According to the new book "Double Down: Game Change 2012," Christie had a number of unanswered questions about his political and lobbying background.

"George, listen, first off, political advice from people who ran the Romney campaign, is probably something nobody should really give a darn about," Christie replied. "Let's start with that."

Christie reminded Stephanopoulos that Romney had dismissed the reports a week earlier.

“Frankly, there was nothing they found that wasn't already part of the public record and that hadn't already been dealt with effectively by Governor Chris Christie,” Romney said when asked about the report on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Nov. 3.

"I'll take Mitt Romney's interpretation of all this rather than some, you know, paid political consultant, who was trying to make himself famous, obviously, in the book," Christie said.

John Heilemann, the book's co-author, defended his report later on the "This Week" media roundtable segment.

"A lot of things that are out there, again, just below the surface, people don't really know about them," he said. "And there were a series of other things that they wanted from Chris Christie that he was not forthcoming, in their view, about, things like his health records, things like his other lobby clients, things like a defamation lawsuit that had been filed against him, his brother who is involved in an investment scandal. There was a lot of stuff they wanted from him that he didn't turn over."

Christie, however, appeared unworried about the report.

"[A]ll of these issues have been vetted. And if I ever run for anything again, they'll be vetted again," he said. "If you're in public life, that's what you have to understand."

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