Christie: Some 'really awful' people in White House are trying to hurt Conway

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said in an interview on Sunday he believes various people within the White House have worked to hurt counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth Conway‘Family Guy’ to mock Trump and ‘fake news’ in upcoming episode Merriam-Webster provides meanings of 'yes' and 'no' after Trump's Russia comment Trump campaign Virginia chairman asks question in White House briefing MORE in an effort to damage her reputation. 

"She’s gotten a bad rap at times, but I think that’s because of some of the really awful people inside the White House who have been trying to hurt her, as opposed to anything the press came up with on its own," Christie told The New York Times.

Christie's comments follow reports of chaos in the White House.

Communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump does not take questions as he departs for weekend NYT: Cohen taped Trump on payment to ex-Playboy model 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation MORE announced last week that she would be departing the White House after working with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE since the beginning of his 2016 campaign. 

Conway is one of the last major figures from the Trump campaign to remain in the White House after people such as Hicks and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon departed. 

Conway, who was one of Trump's campaign managers, said last week that she had been offered the communications director post multiple times, but said she was content in her position. 

"I’ve been offered that job many times and no, I work on policy here at the White House," she said. 

"Hope’s been doing this for three years nonstop and I think the president spoke for all of us who have had the privilege and pleasure of working closely with Hope and getting to know her as a friend that she’s fantastic and she has done a tremendous job for him, and as the president says will probably be back in his orbit sometime and someday to help yet again," she added.