Bannon says Christie failed Trump loyalty test to get in cabinet
A meeting about the fallout to Donald Trump's presidential campaign over the "Access Hollywood" tape was a litmus test that cost Gov. Chris Christie a potential cabinet post.
That's what former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says in a "60 Minutes" interview that will air Sunday on CBS.
Bannon, Christie and then Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus met with Trump on the weekend after the Washington Post obtained the video which showed Trump talking with Billy Bush about groping women.
Bannon says the weekend showed who really had Trump's back.
Bannon says he told Christie, "The plane leaves at 11 o'clock in the morning. If you're on the plane, you're on the team. Didn't make the plane."
A Christie spokesman on Friday denied Bannon's account, saying Christie was offered "multiple cabinet positions in addition to other senior posts in the White House and elsewhere" and that Christie chose to complete his term.
Christie often points out his longstanding friendship with Trump.
Since the election several claims have been made about a rift between the two.
A book claimed Christie fell out of favor with Trump after Christie offered to have President Barack Obama call Trump on election night on Christie's phone.
The New York Post in November claimed Trump was "disgusted" by the way Christie handled the Bridgegate controversy and felt that Christie allowed an underling to take the fall.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.