Chris Christie Would Barely Help Mitt Romney in New Jersey

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) looks on as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) speaks during a rally at Exeter High School on January 8, 2012 in Exeter, New Hampshire. With days to go before the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney is making a final campaign swing through the state. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in reliably-blue New Jersey by nine points. But with Chris Christie as his running mate, Romney would ... still lose, by seven points. Of course, carrying New Jersey wouldn't be Romney's motivation for picking Christie anyway. It would be more about getting someone on the ticket who is more exciting than a pile of napkins.