Well, then, this is one pretty outrageous trial balloon. From the uber-conservative Weekly Standard:
Ryan Consults Christie on Possible Bid
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been quietly looking at a president bid "for nearly three months, since Indiana governor Mitch Daniels called him to say he wasn't running," the Weekly Standard reports.
"But that consideration took a serious turn over the past two weeks, following a phone call with New Jersey governor Chris Christie in early August. Ryan and Christie spoke for nearly an hour about the presidential race, according to four sources briefed on the conversation. The two men shared a central concern: The Republican field is not addressing the debt crisis with anything beyond platitudes."