Christie Gives Reporters the Slip Following Closed-Door Meeting

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the annual State of the State address last year.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the annual State of the State address last year. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

TRENTON — Amid speculation about his potential place in the Trump administration, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie met with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and other key members of his administration at a closed-door meeting at the War Memorial neighboring the State House. Reporters went away empty-handed when the governor used a side exit to avoid the first-floor lobby, heading straight for his waiting motorcade.

Christie announced last week that he intends to serve out his full term as governor despite reports that he is being considered for a spot as Republican National Committee chairman in return for his early and avid endorsement of president-elect Donald Trump. The governor bumped Guadagno from the scheduled speakers Thursday at the annual League of Municipalities’ closing luncheon in Atlantic City, choosing to highlight his support for the recent gas tax hike in his own remarks.

That measure served as Guadagno’s first opportunity to distance herself from Christie ahead of taking his place if he does move on to Washington. Incumbency would be her greatest asset once Christie is term-limited out in a year when Democrats are favored to take back the governor’s mansion.

Christie left the possibility of accepting a presidential appointment open that day.

“I’m not worried and I’m not nearly as preoccupied as the people who cover me and some of the people who are attempting to follow me about where exactly this will go,” he said.