Will Trump prosecute Clinton? Christie doesn’t quite say
NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Chris Christie, who is the head of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, says he has barely discussed names or a role for himself.
The governor, an early supporter of Trump's candidacy after ending his own White House run last February, told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on NBC's Today Thursday morning that Trump was "absolutely adamant about not discussing the transition before he was elected" and left it to Christie to put it together.
Christie was coy about what specific role he would like in the Trump administration when Lauer asked if he would like to be chief of staff.
"I am not committed to doing anything in a new administration or not. The bottom line is that I have a job to do to help get the administration ready. If there's some role for me to do that I would like to do or the president-elect would like me to do, we've known each other for 14 years. We'll talk about it."
He also sidestepped whether Trump would move to prosecute Hillary Clinton, a promise made by Trump and by Christie during his own campaign, instead taking a more unifying tone.
"They had an enormously gracious conversation together on Tuesday night. Politics are over now. People have spoken. It's time to move to unifying the country," Christie aid.
Trump is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House and said that they have more important things to discuss than past disagreements and slights, including Trump's role in the birther movement.
"I was at the correspondent's dinner. (Obama) said a lot of things about Donald Trump at that time to delegitimize him. That's politics. These two men recognize that now this is about governing and leading the nation and the world," Christie said.
Christie said he not believe the convictions of former aides Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni in the Bridgegate will cast a shadow on a possible future role in the Trump White House. Another Christie ally, David Wildstein, admitted his own role in the George Washington Bridge lane closings last year.
"Those three people, after three years of investigation and a trial, the same three people I fired in January 2014. were the three people that were held responsible by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the jury," Christie said.
Christie fired Kelly in January of 2014, amid accusations she'd been involved in the lane closures. Baroni, whom Christie had appointed to his role at the Port Authority, resigned weeks earlier, insisting the resignation was not connected to the scandal. Wildstein resigned in early December of 2013.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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