WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: National political reporter Robert Costa of The Washington Post, interviews Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, during a Washington Post Live event discussion at The Washington Post in Washington, DC on January 31, 2019. (Photo by Bruce V. Boyajian for The Washington Post)
On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, Washington Post Live hosted one of the most influential Republican leaders in the country, former governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie. Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post, conducted the interview with Christie who promised he would ‘not hold back’ and ‘set the record straight’ in his new book, ‘Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics’.
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President Trump lashed out at the government’s most senior intelligence leaders Wednesday, ridiculing a recent assessment and the intelligence leaders themselves. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said he believe the president’s behavior may be rooted in his belief that some people in the intelligence community have ‘an axe to grind with him.’
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When asked whether he believes President Trump would pardon longtime advisor Roger Stone in the Mueller investigation, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said, ‘He knows it would be political suicide...I would be surprised if there were any pardons out of this.’
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Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said White House adviser Jared Kushner has a lot of skills, but he doesn’t have the skills you need to cut an immigration deal. "You can’t think that you can do something that the Clinton Administration couldn’t do, that the Bush Administration couldn’t do, that the Obama Administration couldn’t do,’ Christie said.
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Chris Christie said he doesn’t believe the birther conspiracy that surrounded former President Obama’s campaign and presidency were rooted in racism. ‘I see it as a silly position. I think it’s not of those silly conspiracy theories that some people buy,’ he said.
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Former New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie gives his thoughts on several potential 2020 presidential candidates, including Howard Shultz, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and others.
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Chris Christie
2016 Presidential Candidate, Former Governor of New Jersey
Chris Christie was inaugurated as the 55th governor of New Jersey on Jan. 19, 2010. During his time in office, Christie emphasized the issues of fiscal responsibility, pension and health benefit reform, education reform and the opioid crisis gripping the state and the nation. In 2015, Christie announced his presidential bid, but he suspended his campaign the following year. President Donald Trump appointed Christie as Chairman of the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in 2017. Prior to his term as governor, Christie served as the U.S. Attorney of the District of New Jersey.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
Robert Costa is a national politics reporter at The Washington Post.
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