The Washington Times - July 24, 2012, 12:29PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday denied reports that he’s been chosen to give the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month.

At the opening of a medical school in Camden, N.J., Mr. Christie said he couldn’t use the occasion to rehearse a GOP keynote speech “unless Gov. [Mitt] Romney calls in the next three minutes.”


In order to rehearse, Mr. Christie said, “First, you’ve got to be asked.”

The man who introduced Mr. Christie at the event, Cooper Hospital President John Sheridan, teased Mr. Christie that “the real reason we’re here is for the governor to practice his keynote speech for the Republican National Convention.”

“The theory is if it can work here, it can work anywhere,” Mr. Sheridan said of the heavily Democratic city.

Mr. Christie has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice for Mr. Romney and has been a frequent surrogate for the former Massachusetts governor on the campaign trail. NBC News was the first to report earlier this week that Mr. Christie had been picked to give the convention’s main opening address, but the Romney campaign refused to confirm the news.