- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday he has no plans to join the Trump administration after his second term in Trenton is over.

“I have absolutely no intention, nor any understanding, that I will be asked to be in the administration in the years to come,” Mr. Christie told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “My view is, I have got a job to do as governor, and then my intention is to go off to the private sector and to help support my family.”

Mr. Christie notably backed Mr. Trump after his own presidential bid fell short during the GOP primary campaign. Yet he was nudged out of the running for vice president and attorney general, and then relieved of his duties running the transition effort after the election.

News reports said it didn’t help that Mr. Christie, as U.S. attorney, once prosecuted real estate developer Charles Kushner — the father of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared, who is now serving as a top White House aide.

He was also hampered by the prosecution of aides who ordered lane closures near the George Washington Bridge in an apparent payback scheme against a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Mr. Christie’s reelection bid.

Mr. Christie said he still considers Mr. Trump a “very good friend,” though he refused to say whether they still chat from time to time.

“The conversations between me and the president of the United States, to the extent they occur, will always remain between me and the president of the United States,” he said.

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