Christie would have quit to become U.S. Attorney General
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly it would have taken a "very very special" offer from President Donald Trump for him to step down as governor before his term is up.
The governor admitted that had he been offered the position of attorney general, "that would have been a hard thing to turn down." An early supporter of Trump's after ending his own presidential campaign following a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary, Christie said he still has a great relationship with the president.
"We talk on a regular basis. I'm working with his folks on things all the time and having conversations. But the fact is that I wanted to be the governor of New Jersey and if the president had offered me something that was really compelling me to get to Washington I would have made the sacrifice to do it," Christie said on Thursday night's "O'Reilly Factor."
Christie is a supporter of Jeff Sessions, the U.S. senator from Alabama Trump selected for the job.
"He's a very good man. An honest man," Christie said. "Sessions is "guy who understands the law, who believes in justice and enforcing the law and the Constitution.
Christie said that if Sessions follows through on Trump's threat to take away federal funding from "sanctuary cities" such as Newark, the administration will have a "really willing partner in me."
He would not go as far as Texas governor Greg Abbot, who was also on the show in a separate segment, and commit to taking away state funds.
"Governor Abbot governs a very different state than I do," Christie said.
The governor repeated his allegation that Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries was not properly rolled out and blamed communication within the administration.
"The Homeland Security secretary said he never saw the executive order. You had others in the administration who were not as well briefed as they should have been. That's what leads to withhold entry for people who had green cards, some extreme vetting," which opened the door to criticism of the order, Christie said.
O'Reilly will interview Trump on Sunday before Fox's broadcast of the Super Bowl.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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