Christie wants to cash in on book deal — which is illegal right now, report says
Gov. Chris Christie's had any number of roles during his time as New Jersey governor — presidential candidate, Republican Governors Association Chairman and Trump surrogate, among them.
Now, a report says, Christie's looking to cash in on a book deal — even though current New Jersey law would prevent him from doing so.
Citing anonymous sources, The Record said Christie is in talks with top Democratic and Republican lawmakers to change that law. In exchange, the budgets for lawmakers staff salaries would increase, the report quoted two of the sources saying.
The Christie book plan has at least some opposition, according to the report. It quoted Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, saying he was opposed and asking "Is this going to be listed as fiction or nonfiction?” It also quoted Weinberg state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, one of the leaders of the legislature's Bridgegate investigation, saying she'd be OK with the book "as long as I get to write a few footnotes."
On New Jersey 101.5 host Steve Trevelise's Facebook page, fans and friends offered a few suggestions for book titles: "Water Under Troubled Bridge" from Joseph Chiaccio, "A Bridge Too Far" from Joshua Stein, and "SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!!!!" from Mike Rogers.
And from New Jersey 101.5's own Chris "Double Down" Swendeman: "Everybody Hates Chris."
Christie's approval rating is at an all-time low of 18 percent, according to Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll. It's the lowest the poll has ever measured for a sitting governor.
As governor, Christie earns a salary of $175,000. According to tax returns released earlier this year, Christie and his wife earned a combined $913,420 in 2015.
Also this weekend, NJ.com quoted anonymous sources saying Christie turned down several offers for roles in the Trump administration — but was passed over for jobs he sought, as vice president or U.S. attorney general. Christie told New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott earlier this month he intends to stay in New Jersey
“What I’m telling you is, I intend do be governor until Jan. 18 of 2018,” Christie said during the November installment of "Ask The Governor."
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