NJ Politics Digest: Christie Fires Back at Bannon

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Gov. Chris Christie struck back at Steve Bannon on Monday evening and mocked the fired White House strategist as someone in “his last 15 minutes of fame.”

Christie was responding to Bannon’s claim that the New Jersey governor lost out on a cabinet position because he didn’t defend President Trump when a video surfaced in October showing him making lewd comments about women. Bannon said he noted Christie’s apparent lack of loyalty in his “black book.”

“I suspect this little black book that Mr. Bannon is talking about, the only one who read that black book was Mr. Bannon himself,” Christie said on PBS Newshour. “I know that no one else cared about it, and now that he’s been fired, no one is really going to care about anything else Steve Bannon has to say.”

Christie said he stayed with Trump during the aftermath of the video’s release and noted that he was offered several cabinet positions once Trump was elected, but turned them down.

And on day three of Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial, a former foreign policy advisor to the senator testified that his team helped secure visas for the girlfriends of co-defendant Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor who is accused of bribing the senator with expensive gifts and trips. Prosecutors claim that despite a friendship between Melgen and Menendez, acts like this were part of a quid pro quo agreement between the two.

Quote of the Day: “This, I suspect, is his last 15 minutes of fame. And that’s fine. I hope he enjoys it.” – Chris Christie on Steve Bannon’s recent 60 Minutes interview.

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