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Trump looking at Chris Christie for Chief of Staff: reports



President Donald Trump’s quest to replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff for the White House has attracted unsolicited celebrity applications — but reportedly honed in on former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Christie met with Trump on Thursday to discuss the job, the Associated Press reported.

Trump had formerly hit back at reports that the job, usually a coveted post of paramount importance, didn’t appeal to many candidates on account of the chaos within his administration.

This week Trump said ten or so candidates had expressed interest. On Thursday, Trump said he was down to a list of about five.

But so far, the most high-profile candidates have been celebrities on the internet. Former baseball star Jose Canseco pitched himself on Twitter and British TV personality Piers Morgan used his column for to make his case.

Trump talked about Christie in a way that made staffers feel like he could be closing in on the former state prosecutor, Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported.

Christie came up in connection to Trump’s cabinet when CBS News reported that Christie’s name was in consideration for the post of Attorney General in early November.

Christie is an experienced prosecutor who served as the US attorney for New Jersey for six years until 2008. His chops as a prosecutor may appeal to Trump as he faces increasing pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

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The Associated Press said Trump’s very public search for a top staffer has a “reality TV feel” to it. Author Chris Whipple, an expert on chiefs of staff, told the news outlet the process was “sad to watch.”

Christie 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 has been largely absent from politics since ending his term as governor.

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