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16 July 2016

"I have some appeal in virtually every state", Gingrich said.

Although campaign operatives vetting potential running mates are certain to have reviewed bridgegate materials when looking over Christie's background, the governor has clearly impressed Trump with guidance he has provided since endorsing him after ending his own presidential campaign.

"Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection as Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise", Fox executive vice president for news Jay Wallace said.

Gingrich is a boisterous rabble-rouser who has spent decades in Washington and helped define the political battles of the 1990s.

"Donald and I get along very, very well".

Trump met with Gingrich and another contender - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence - in Indianapolis on Wednesday and are believed to be on the shortlist for the vice presidency.

Trump has repeatedly praised Gingrich and hinted that he could choose Gingrich to be his running mate.

In 2000, when Trump was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket, Gingrich was one of a number of politicians Trump called out by name as an example of why Americans are distrustful of politicians and cynical about donating money to political candidates.

'I tell you Chris Christie is somebody I have liked for a long time, ' Trump said.

"We covered a lot of territory", he said.

"Look, in many ways Donald Trump is like a pirate". Instead, Gingrich characterized him as "an American nationalist" who uses a deliberately unpredictable mix of hostility against "stupidity", liberals and political correctness. Gingrich did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "I operate on the premise that when people are doing something really smart, even if I don't like it or I don't understand it, it's my job to figure them out, not their job to figure me out". Reagan in his successful 1980 campaign united Republicans around a compelling message of optimism, while Goldwater's 1964 campaign failed when many voters perceived him as a candidate of the extreme right.

Hannity, who has publicly backed Trump, said Tuesday night that he was backing Gingrich for VP.