NJ Politics Digest: Christie Refutes Woodward’s Account of Trump’s Transition Anger

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Bob Woodward’s Fear details when things started to go wrong between soon-to-be President Donald Trump and Chris Christie.

But Christie maintains the account isn’t accurate.

In the bombshell account of dysfunction in the Trump administration, Woodward details how Trump tore into Christie’s work during the 2016 election preparing for a possible Trump victory. The candidate accused Christie of “jinxing” his campaign and said that funds raised for the transition were cutting into donations that should have been going to Trump’s presidential efforts.
Trump also told Christie, once one of his earliest prominent Republican supporters, that he’d never really meant to give the New Jersey governor any real responsibility when assigning him to head the transition team, according to the book.

Trump dumped Christie from heading the transition team shortly after winning the election, a controversial move that some say set Trump’s administration back when it discarded Christie’s transition plans.

But Christie is fighting back, claiming Woodward’s account is based on accounts by former presidential advisor and Christie nemesis Steve Bannon, according to media accounts.

“If Mr. Woodward would have performed rudimentary journalistic fact checking with those he was quoting, he would have had a more accurate book rather than just being a stenographer for Mr. Bannon’s self-aggrandizing revisionist history,” Christie tweeted.

Quote of the Day: “I’m shutting down the transition. I told you from day one it was just an honorary title. You’re jinxing me. I’m not going to spend a second on it.” — President Donald Trump, to former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie in an exchange chronicled in Bob Woodward’s new book.

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