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Former Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner. (Photo: Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock)

Kushner says Christie tried to return book advance to get Trump White House post

In forthcoming book, Kushner says Christie’s ‘petty obsession’ with his family cost Christie chance at chief of staff job

By David Wildstein, August 13 2022 5:12 am

Donald Trump worried that Chris Christie would leak confidential information to the media if he became White House chief of staff, but ultimately, he didn’t get the job because his 2019 book attacked the president’s family, Jared Kushner revealed in his new memoir.

“Trump was concerned with Christie’s track record in New Jersey and also worried about Christie’s ability to keep information confidential: every time they met, the details of their meeting ended up with the same two reporters,” wrote Kushner.

Christie had been “aggressively lobbying” to succeed John F. Kelly as chief of staff when Trump found out about his autobiography, Let Me Finish.  Christie told him that he treated Trump well but was “a bit tough” on Jared and his father, Charles Kushner, whom he had prosecuted as U.S. Attorney in 2005.

“This was a deal-­breaker for Trump,” Kushner wrote in his book, Breaking History: A White House Memoir, portions of which were reviewed by the New Jersey Globe.

According to Kushner, Christie told Trump that he called his publisher in a bid to cancel the book and offered to return his advance but was told “hundreds of thousands of dollars” had already been spent on printing.

“It was too late,” stated Kushner, who spent four years as a senior advisor in his father-in-law’s White House. “It was filled with vicious and untruthful attacks on me and my father.”

“Ironically, Christie’s petty obsession with using my family to get media attention had destroyed his dream opportunity to rehabilitate his image and finish his political career,” Kushner says.

Kushner’s account contradicts the story Christie told of being courted for the chief of staff post in his second book, American Rescue.  He says Christie told Trump that the Russia investigation “was a result of bad staffing,” and that “he needed a chief of staff who would forcefully defend him on television.”

Despite their personal differences, Kushner maintained that he had worked well with the former New Jersey governor on criminal justice reform and “assured him that I felt comfortable with my role and would work well with whomever he chose.”

But when the president asked him what he thought about Christie leading the White House staff, Kushner jokingly said he might be a better fit for Homeland Security.

“If he can close the George Washington Bridge, maybe he could close the border,” he told Trump.

Kushner’s book is set to be released on August 23.

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