NJ Politics Digest: Chris Christie Has a New Gig

Chris Christie delivered his final State of the State.
Former Gov. Chris Christie has opened a law firm. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Former Gov. Chris Christie made no secret of his desire to earn serious money once he left office, and now the former U.S. attorney has opened his own law firm in Morris County, according to The Record.

While it’s not clear what type of law Christie is practicing, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani—now a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team—told the newspaper he has referred two clients to the former governor. A Christie representative, however, denied receiving any referrals from Giuliani, according to the report.

Christie’s decision to open a firm would seem to put to rest any possibility that he might soon accept a position in the Trump administration. Christie had been an early supporter of Trump’s candidacy and was once a top contender for the vice presidential slot on the Trump ticket. He headed Trump’s commission to investigate the nation’s opioid crisis and recommend steps to combat it.
Since leaving office, Christie has worked as a legal and political commentator for ABC news.

Last week, Christie went on Twitter to say a Washington Post story that stated he had agreed to help prepare Trump for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller “is dead wrong.”

Quote of the Day: “I don’t see it that way. If it were June 30, I might agree with you, but it’s June 8.” — Gov. Phil Murphy, on speculation that the state is heading toward a government shutdown because he and Democratic leaders cannot agree on a budget.

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