Christie: ‘It’s time for me to make some money’
When Gov. Chris Christie's term officially comes to an end in January 2018, he said his ultimate goal is to return to the private sector and begin "making some money."
"I have every intention of returning to the private sector in January of 2018," Christie said during Wednesday night's Ask The Governor program on NJ 101.5.
So what about a future career in Washington after his term expires? When asked the question by host Eric Scott, Christie said he already ran for the job he wanted when he threw his hat in the ring to be a presidential nominee. He said he has no desire to be a senator, but he didn't completely dismiss the idea of becoming a running mate for whomever secures the GOP nomination on the November ballot.
"The bottom line is that for me, in the way I think about these things, you never say never. And I said this when we talked about Mitt Romney vetting me for vice president four years ago. I said I didn't want to be vice president, but you would never say never if the nominee of your party calls you up and asks you to consider something," Christie said during the show.
Christie has been in public service January of 2002 when he left his law firm to become the U.S. attorney. When his governorship ends, he will have spent 16 years in government and he said his family has made a lot of sacrifices during that time, both financially and otherwise.
"I absolutely believe that what will happen is, I'll serve the full eight years of my term and then in January of 2018 I'll hopefully be getting a well-paid position in the private sector because it's time for me to make some money," he said.
Christie said aside from being president, there's nothing he has a "burning desire" to do after his term ends. Moving forward, he said he's ready to move on from his defeat "finish the job" he started and see what life will bring next.
"I do believe that what life will bring me next is an opportunity in the private sector to do something that will be both meaningful from a professional perspective and lucrative from a financial perspective," Christie said.
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