CHRISTIE: “A new report says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) ‘exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River,’” the New York Times reports,” per Political Wire. "Christie also misstated New Jersey's share of the costs: he said the state would pay 70 percent of the project; the report found that New Jersey was paying 14.4 percent."
The New Jersey Jewish Standard wraps Christie’s trip to Israel.
JINDAL: “According to a WWL report, despite endorsements from Republican heavy hitters like Sen. John McCain, some political analysts say the 40-year-old governor isn't ready politically to step out onto the national stage. A perfect example, according to one political analyst, was Jindal's rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address in 2009,” a local TV station writes.
MARTINEZ: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez gave this powerful reason to the Albuquerque Journal as to why she won’t be running as vice president: "The family has to be a consideration, and for me to take [my sister] to Washington would be to separate her from … the family that's down there, and that would be devastating," Martinez said. "I just couldn’t do it."
GOP12’s Heinze writes: “[T]hat's 10 times tougher to overcome than ‘I wouldn't do it because of my family,’ which is a tough one on its own. You're not just turning down family because of your ambition; you're turning down care for those who need it the most. It's hard to imagine anything more ironclad or binding than this denial.”
PORTMAN: Major Garrett is calling it for Rob Portman. He writes of the downsides: “Portman's a bore, and their ticket would be boredom squared, or squares squared; he offers nothing to women voters or Latino voters; he carries the taint of Bush-Cheney policies; and he's not conservative enough for the Tea Party… But Romney has the same perceived ‘flaws’ and he's going to win the nomination. Portman can't fix Romney's flaws. Neither can anyone else. That means all other things being equal, Romney will look for someone he knows and trusts; who has delivered for him; who can put a vital swing state in play; who can immediately help him tackle the hardest issues if he's elected; and whose selection tells the country Romney's first big decision as a nominee wasn't a gasket-blowing gamble or one festooned with the garish and outmoded trappings of regional or ideological balance.”
RUBIO: He talks to the Miami Herald about his “Dream Act.” He said, in part, “When we weren’t talking about a plan, people were criticizing me for not having one. And now that we have a plan, people are criticizing that we’re doing it in an election year.”
GOP12’s Heinze points out: “Something tells me that he wouldn't have been promoting the plan late last year when possible running-mate Mitt Romney was bashing Rick Perry over the head with the DREAM Act (albeit the Texas version, but a DREAM Act, nonetheless). It's odd, isn't it, how all this has timed perfectly with Romney effectively clinching the nomination.”
RYAN: The Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll writes: “Give Obama what he wants: Pick Ryan.” “Romney could not find a person better prepared to articulate these contrasting visions. No other possible candidate has spent more time challenging Obama face-to-face than Paul Ryan,” Carroll writes.