NJ Politics Digest: Christie Gets His Due From Former Top Trump Aide

Chris Christie and Donald Trump (R) depart a rally March 14, 2016 in Vienna Center, Ohio.

Chris Christie and Donald Trump. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Former Gov. Chris Christie has long maintained that members of the Trump administration messed up when they removed him as the head of the president-elect’s transition team and tossed the work he’d already done.

Now Trump’s former campaign manager is saying the same thing.

Corey Lewandowski told NJ.com that “one of the biggest mistakes” the administration made was that it wasn’t ready to go on day one. And part of the blame for that is ignoring the work Christie had done, Lewandowski said.

After Trump’s election, Christie was removed as chairman of the transition team. The position was then given to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Lewandowski said it was a mistake to discard all of the work Christie had done once he was removed.

The former governor—one of the first prominent Republicans to endorse Trump—has said one reason he lost his post was because he recommended against hiring retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security advisor. Flynn later resigned and has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when questioned about the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russians.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Gets His Due From Former Top Trump Aide