Although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been a stalwart supporter of Donald Trump since he put aside his own presidential aspirations, it has come to light that the controversial governor of the Garden State turned down several posts in the incoming Trump administration.
According to NJ Advance Media, two sources confirmed that Christie was offered a number of posts within the administration, but rejected them.
Many following the story of Christie and his “Bridgegate” scandal noted that his position as head of the Trump transition team evaporated when he was replaced by incoming Vice President-elect Mike Pence. It was assumed that the recent convictions of two of the governor’s aides for conspiracy and fraud, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, made the governor persona non grata as part of the future presidential administration.
Sources say, according to NJ.com, that this is not necessarily the case.
The sources told NJ Advance Media that Christie has been offered cabinet-level posts, such as Homeland Security secretary and Veterans Affairs secretary. Christie was even offered a job as a White House adviser and an ambassadorship to Italy.
The one post Christie wasn’t offered was that as U.S. attorney general — apparently, the one that Christie truly desired — and the one those sources say that Christie had been promised.
This revelation follows earlier reports from last week that Christie was denied the chair as head of the Republican National Committee, per New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman.
Christie not getting RNC chair role, per multiple people close to process.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 8, 2016
Christie had been lobbying to replace Reince Priebus, who will be working directly for Donald Trump as White House chief of staff come January.
After months of speculation over how Christie would be rewarded for his early support of the “outsider” Republican candidate, it appears that Christie plans to simply complete his term as governor of New Jersey, which ends in 2018.
Christie’s approval rating in the state has dropped into the teens due to a number of scandals involving corruption in his administration and his own volatile nature. According to The New York Times, Christie’s approval rating is the lowest of any governor in any state in over two decades.
At 19%, Chris Christie’s job approval rating is the lowest of any governor in any state in more than 20 years https://t.co/ZcnpQEaDVc
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 8, 2016
Although some observers have noted that both early supporters of Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, were seemingly used and discarded by the president-elect, it appears that Christie himself declined to be involved with the incoming administration. At least, if such a position didn’t come under his own terms.