NJ Politics Digest: Christie Offers to Help Murphy, Or Else

Phil Murphy and Chris Christie. Governor

Gov. Chris Christie said he’s here to help Governor-elect Phil Murphy — but only if his successor wants it.

“I said to him, ‘This can be the first of many conversations, or this can be our first and last, but that’s completely up you,’” Christie said Tuesday, recalling his 90-minute meeting with Murphy earlier this month.

The ominously-worded comment was an invitation for more meetings. Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, met with Murphy’s wife, Tammy, at the governor’s mansion on Tuesday, Christie said during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show on NJ 101.5. He said his secretary is now working for Murphy’s transition.

By contrast, Christie said former Gov. Jon Corzine “barely spent any time with us at all” when he was taking the reins of state government in 2009.

Quote of the Day: “The Republican Party is no worse off than when I became governor and, in fact, in many ways it’s better off because of the exposure it’s gotten in the last eight years.” — Gov. Chris Christie on the state of the New Jersey GOP.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Offers to Help Murphy, Or Else