Chris Christie was always meant to be a member of the White House cabinet. When his run as the Governor of New Jersey ended, he campaigned for and supported Donald Trump.
With the president searching for a replacement Chief of Staff, his friend Christie seems like a natural choice. Today, Christie is bowing out, forcing Trump to go back to the drawing board.
Just this morning, Christie was being reported as being a heavy favorite for the position. The former New Jersey governor had met with Donald Trump on Thursday night to discuss the position.
Christie wrote in a statement:
“It’s an honor to have the President consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief-of-staff. However, I’ve told the President that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.”
Despite some rough patches when both were seeking the Republican nomination, Christie has remained a stalwart friend to Trump. He often appears on cable news, acting as a surrogate, and supporting the president’s policies.
Christie aided Trump by helping to run his transition team. He was offered the positions of either DHS Secretary or Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but turned both posts down. Now he’s turned down another prominent position in the White House, leaving Trump scrambling.
The process will continue this weekend. Trump says he has whittled his list down to 5 candidates. According to ABC News, they are, “Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.”
Stung by reports that no one is interested in the position, Trump will hope to move fast.