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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Amtrak Acela train to Washington, D.C. on the afternoon of Monday, June 18, 2018. (NEW JERSEY GLOBE)

Christie is Trump bridesmaid, again

Former governor appears to be passed over for attorney general

By David Wildstein, December 06 2018 5:10 pm

It looks like Donald Trump has rejected Chris Christie again, following a Washington Post report that the President will nominate William P. Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.

This marks the 6th time that Trump has rejected the former governor of New Jersey:

1. Vice President: Christie had openly campaigned for the post during the summer of 2016, but Trump picked Mike Pence instead.

2. Head of President-elect’s Transition Team: Christie got the job, but then was fired three days after Trump won the presidency.

3. Attorney General: Christie believed Trump had promised him the Attorney General post, but the President-elect nominated Sessions instead after the 2016 election,

4. Republican National Chairman: Christie openly campaigned for the post, but Trump shot that down and went with Ronna McDaniel Romney instead.

5. White House Chief of Staff: POLITCO reported in 2016 that Christie was ‘making the case” to Trump for the chief of staff post.  That job went to Reince Preibus instead.

The Star-Ledger reported in December 2016 that Trump had offered Christie four other posts: Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and a White House advisor post.  CNN later confirmed that story.  Christie turned those jobs down.

But in a 2017 CBS News interview, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon said Christie was not looked at for a cabinet post because of his failure to defend then-candidate Trump following the leaked Access Hollywood footage of Trump with Billy Bush.

Some published reports mentioned Christie as a candidate for chief of staff when Preibus resigned.  The job went to John Kelly.

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