NJ Politics Digest: Is Jeff Sessions’ Departure a Boon for Christie?

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) attend a panel discussion on an opioid and drug abuse in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump (C), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) attend a panel discussion on an opioid and drug abuse in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images

Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general. Will Chris Christie slide into the position he is known to have coveted?

There are many things working in Christie’s favor. He’s been a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump and was one of the first prominent Republicans to support the president’s candidacy. Also, as Politico reports, a lot of people who might be considered for the attorney general job are shying away because they don’t want to be responsible for overseeing the politically explosive Russia investigation.

Working against Christie is the animosity of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — Christie sent Kushner’s father to prison when the former New Jersey governor worked as a federal prosecutor. And Christie still dogged by questions about his involvement in the Bridgegate scandal. While Christie has denied any involvement in the petty political payback scheme and abuse of power, two members of his inner circle were convicted following a federal trial and a third pleaded guilty to charges in relation to the scheme.

Speculation about Christie’s chances of landing the job is rampant but on Friday, Trump said he hadn’t talked to the former governor about the job and that the administration was considering other candidates.

Quote of the Day: “I like Chris Christie, but I have not talked to him about it,” — President Donald Trump on selecting a new attorney general

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NJ Politics Digest: Is Jeff Sessions’ Departure a Boon for Christie?