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Chris Christie reportedly considered for Trump’s attorney general

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  • President Donald Trump is reportedly considering former
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to replace Jeff Sessions as his
    attorney general.
  • CBS News reported that Christie’s name was in
    consideration on Thursday, a day after Sessions resigned on
    Wednesday and two days after the midterm elections.
  • Christie is an experienced prosecutor who served as the
    US attorney for New Jersey for six years until 2008. He ran
    against Trump in 2016  for the Republican presidential
    nomination but later campaigned for him. 

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering former New
Jersey Gov.Chris Christie to serve as head of the Justice
Department after he asked Jeff Sessions to resign as attorney
general.

CBS News
reported
that Christie’s name was in consideration on
Thursday, a day after Sessions resigned on Wednesday and two days
after the midterm elections.

Christie is an experienced prosecutor who served as the US
attorney for New Jersey for six years until 2008. He ran against
Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but
quickly dropped out. Christie later endorsed Trump and campaigned
for him the rest of the race. 

Christie’s term as governor of New Jersey ended in 2018, at which
point he was among the least popular governors in his state’s
history.

After Trump’s election, Christie was a favorite to head the
Justice Department, but took no role in the administration. He’s
been largely absent from politics since ending his term as
governor. 

Sessions, who recused himself from dealing with the Russia probe
because of his role in Trump’s campaign, has been the target of
Trump’s ire as the investigation drags on into its second year.


Read more: Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney
general at Trump’s request

Sessions’s forced resignation caused dread among top figures in
both party who see his acting replacement, former federal
prosecutor Matthew Whitaker, as a Trump loyalist who has openly
questioned the scope of the probe.

As Christie campaigned with Trump as well, he may find himself
under the same legal obligation to recuse. 

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