NJ Politics Digest: Christie Says Trump’s Just an Old Man Set in His Ways

Chris Christie speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Chris Christie speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon

The partial shutdown of the federal government continues into Wednesday, and President Donald Trump insists that it will continue until he gets the money he wants to build a wall along the Mexican border.

That might seem like the wrong hill to die on to most people, but apparently former Gov. Chris Christie understands where the president is coming from.

Earlier this week, during an ABC news panel discussion on the difficulties new White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will face working for the president, Christie said dealing with the president is just like dealing with a 72-year-old relative who is set in his ways.

While other panelists laughed, Christie—who removed himself from consideration for the chief of staff post—said that as people get older, they become more convinced they are doing the right thing and it is difficult to change their minds. Add to that a man who is president of the United States and is accustomed to a life of wealth and fame, Christie said.

Christie’s advice to Mulvaney: Manage the things you can manage.

“I think what you need to try to do is to say to the president, ‘What are the areas that you want me to manage?’ And then manage those areas.”

Quote of the Day: “People get older, they become more and more convinced of the fact that what they’re doing is the right thing and it becomes harder to convince them otherwise.” — former Gov. Chris Christie, on President Donald Trump.

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