Chris Christie seems to be gunning for Mike Pence's job. Or Trump's.
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 15:09
The Times' report said that despite Flynn's January 4 disclosure about the investigation to White House counsel Donald McGahn, Mr. Trump brought Flynn onto his team.
Chris Christie, who during the 2016 campaign was a top surrogate for the Trump campaign, claimed Monday that he'd warned the then President-elect that Michael Flynn would be a problem. "I made that very clear to candidate Trump, and I made it very clear to President-elect Trump", Christie, a Republican serving in the a year ago of his second term, said at what will be his final news conference in the Statehouse. "I think it's safe to say that General Flynn and I didn't see eye-to eye". He was President Donald Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about the nature of his discussions with the Russian ambassador.
Christie said he didn't "need to feel vindicated", but added that Flynn wasn't his "cup of tea".
Just today reports came out saying Flynn would plead the Fifth and decline the Senate Intel Committee subpoena. They are teeing them up for you right now: "corporate business tax increase, income tax increase, sales tax increase, talking about eliminating the estate tax". The day after Flynn resigned, Mr. Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the FBI investigation of Flynn.
Now that Trump's administration is collapsing under the weight of its scandals and many investigations into Trump and his team, Christie may think he has another opportunity.
The hourlong news conference was Christie's last in the governor's outer office, as he and his staff are expected to move to temporary offices nearby on State Street while the executive branch of the Statehouse undergoes about $300 million in renovations.
Meanwhile, four people with knowledge of the matter told NBC News that one of the advisers Trump brought to the briefing, retired general Mike Flynn, repeatedly interrupted the briefing with pointed questions.
Christie also reiterated a comment he has made in the past about who's to blame for the controversy surrounding the administration.