By Dana Davidsen
(CNN) — Newt Gingrich admitted Wednesday he’s never seen the popular “Jersey Shore” TV show but he’d think about stopping by the famed beach house sometime.
Sharing the stage with “Jersey Shore’s” Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, the former Republican presidential contender took a breather from politics to chat with the star, appearing with him on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Wearing a black, formfitting dress, Snooki seemed pleased with the idea of the former House speaker stopping by.
“That’d be awesome. You could drink ‘Ron-Ron’ juice,” said Snooki.
Clad in a traditional black suit and gold tie, Gingrich and Snooki’s contrasting attire didn’t seem to bar the two from trading compliments.
Although Gingrich admitted to never having seen Snooki’s show, he nevertheless congratulated the reality star on having two New York Times best selling books.
Snooki, who was on with Leno before the politician was introduced, quickly shot back, “I’m trying to be like you.”
Following Snooki’s departure, Leno and Gingrich discussed the current state of the presidential race, including presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s elusive tax returns.
“Here’s my prediction. Romney can start playing the ‘please the media’ game, now you release your tax returns. That will lead to three weeks of, gee, what’s in the tax returns? We can spend from now until Election Day on whatever the next phony thing is,” said Gingrich.
Leno reminded the former GOP contender that once upon a time during the primary season; Gingrich pressured Romney to release more tax returns.
Asked if Romney will make a surprising, “out-of-left-field” choice for a running mate, Gingrich quipped, “Given everything we know about Mitt Romney, do I think that he would make a wild, outside of the box choice?”
But, if called upon, would Gingrich join the Romney ticket?
“I would be very flattered, and I would think that he had lost his mind,” said Gingrich.
“Would you turn it down?” asked Leno.
“I’d have to talk to Callista,” Gingrich said, referring to his wife.
Gingrich laid out four criteria for the vice president that he would use if he were in the former Massachusetts governor’s shoes.
“Could the person be president? Portman could,” said Gingrich, referencing Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, rumored to be on Romney’s short list for the position.
Gingrich continued: “Is he generally, philosophically in agreement? Portman would be. Does he help some to win the presidency? And could he help in the Senate next year?”