New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said early Tuesday that he is disappointed that he was not selected as likely Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE’s running mate, adding that he “never expected to be chosen.”


“Of course, you’re disappointed,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show. “If you compete for something, you like to be picked."

Christie also dismissed reports of friction with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

“I’ve never had any conflict with Jared inside the campaign,” he said.

Christie also predicted that plagiarism accusations centered around Melania Trump’s speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, portions of which bear similarities to one given by first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to donate 0K to Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund Julia Roberts, Michelle Obama traveling to Southeast Asia for Girls Opportunity Alliance Michelle Obama shares 'Happy Thanksgiving' message with photo of family MORE in 2008, will blow over quickly.

“The worst day of the convention is the first day,” Christie said.

“After tonight, we won’t be talking about this.”

He added that he couldn’t make the case for plagiarism "when 93 percent of the speech is completely different than Michelle Obama’s speech."

“They expressed some common thoughts,” he added.

This report was updated at 8:04 a.m.