Chris Christie, the former Republican Governor of New Jersey, and President of the Trump discussed, allegedly, the open chief of staff job at a face-to-face meeting in Washington on Thursday. (Getty Images)
The former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President of the Trump had to make a face-to-face in Washington on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a Christie-install John Kelly as chief of staff of the White house, a report says.
Trump called Christie a “top candidate” for the role, a source Axios said.
“He’s tough, he’s a lawyer, he is politically savvy, and a trump of the early supporters,” added the source, referring to Christie, 56, who is also a former Federal Prosecutor.
Christie endorsed trump after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign and oversaw the process of transition, before the President took office.
A longtime friend of the President’s, Christie’s name was mentioned floated to the beginning of this week, several rumors of who could possibly replace Kelly.
“I wrote in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of chief of staff of the White house,” trump on Sunday in a tweet. “Fake News has to say with certainty, it is Nick Ayers, was a spectacular person, always with our [Make America Great Again] agenda. I’ll make a decision soon!”
But their relationship was complicated by the fact that Christie, while U.S. attorney in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, convinced of the real estate developer Charles Kushner to accept a plea deal on corruption charges in 2004. Kushner, now 64, is the father of the President son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Christie’s name has come earlier as a possible attorney-General, before the President said last week that he will appoint William Barr, who led the justice Department under former President George H. W. Bush.
Christie served two terms as Governor of New Jersey, from January 2010 until January 2018. He left the office, because the state’s term-limit laws.