NJ Politics Digest: Christie Blames Kushner for ‘Political Hit Job’

President Donald Trump speaks as Former Governor Chris Christie (C) and senior adviser Jared Kushner (L) look on during a meeting about opioid and drug abuse in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2017.
President Donald Trump speaks as Former Governor Chris Christie (C) and senior adviser Jared Kushner (L) look on during a meeting about opioid and drug abuse in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2017. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Former Gov. Chris Christie was never one to forget a slight, and in his new book, Let Me Finish, Christie blasts President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for conducting “a political hit job” that supposedly cost Christie top positions in the Trump administration.

In the book, Christie said Kushner bore a grudge for the 2005 prosecution and imprisonment of his father, Charles Kushner, when Christie was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. According to the Guardian, which obtained an advance copy of the Christie book, the former governor learned Kushner was working against him after Christie was fired from his job as the head of Trump’s transition team.

Steve Bannon, who at the time was Trump’s campaign chief, handled the dismissal. When Christie demanded to know what was behind the surprise ousting, Bannon told him Kushner had “been taking an axe to your head with the boss ever since I got here,” according to the Guardian’s report.

Christie, one of Trump’s first prominent supporters, said that when he was under consideration as a possible running mate for Trump, a campaign insider told him “the family” was very upset that Trump said Christie was his choice for Vice President, according to the report.

Christie’s book also details his relationship with Trump, including how the president selected Christie’s dinner when they first ate together in 2002. Trump also advised Christie to lose weight and recommended he wear his tie longer, as it would make him appear thinner, according to the Guardian.

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