NJ Politics Digest: Christie Says Trump Failed the Country by Not Listening to Him

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon

Former Gov. Chris Christie isn’t mincing words when it comes to talking about how the Trump administration discarded his work planning for the presidential transition.

In an interview with Axios, Christie said the decision to fire him two days after Trump was elected and discard the 30 volumes of vetting documents on possible cabinet appointees he’d compiled was “a monumental staff failure that failed the president, and as a result, failed the country.”

In the interview, Christie reiterated his belief that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was responsible for his being removed as head of the presidential transition team. Christie had once prosecuted Kushner’s father.

In the video interview, Christie said he’d prepared background reports on four people for each cabinet position. That information was ignored once Christie was dismissed, the former governor said.

“The longer-term consequences for the president and for the country is that he didn’t have the very best people in front of him to be able to make a full and fair decision about, and then he paid the price,” Christie said.

Quote of the Day: “In the end, this is a monumental staff failure that failed the president, and as a result, failed the country,” — former Gov. Chris Christie, on how his efforts planning for the Trump administration’s transition were ignored.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Says Trump Failed the Country by Not Listening to Him