Christie Finances Reviewed With GOP VP Field

Most Republican VP hopefuls have less wealth than Romney

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picks his running mate, odds are he'll select someone with far less wealth than his own. Unless he chooses Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the richest women in America.

Romney's latest financial disclosure report, showing a fortune of nearly $250 million, hardly compares to Whitman's $1.4 billion -- a figure compiled by Forbes in its list of the richest 400 Americans.

Information was also obtained about NJ Gov. Chris Christie, along with other potential Romney running mates.

The financial review discovered that Christie is among those whose spouses have high salaries.

Mary Pat Christie is a vice president at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, earning between $250,000 and $500,000 a year. Christie owns NJ property worth more than a half million dollars. He and his wife each have a blind trust.

Some of the potential Republican vice presidential nominees are grappling with the same financial issues as many of their countrymen.

The Associated Press reviewed financial disclosure reports and other publicly available data to obtain information about the finances of possible Republican vice presidential choices. Some have made their tax returns available. The financial information that states require from officials and office seekers varies widely, and generally is less revealing than federal reports -- which require ranges of assets, income and liabilities.

Annual congressional financial disclosure reports were made public Thursday, listing ranges of assets and liabilities.

See the full AP report here.

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