Christie eyes move to private sector to 'start making some money'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) believes his next role will be in the private sector, saying in an interview published Wednesday that he wants to “start making some money.”

When asked if he’s given thought to taking a position in the Trump administration after he leaves the governor's mansion next year, Christie said he expects to transition out of public office.

“I’ve been in government now for 16 years,” Christie told Bloomberg. “And I’ve loved it. But I think what is much more likely for me when I leave is to go into the private sector and start making some money.”

Christie specifically said he won’t be the administration’s drug czar, a position that remains unfilled after Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) withdrew his name from consideration. The opioid epidemic has been a key issue for Christie, and he had been floated as a possibility for the role.

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With two kids left to put through college, Christie said he still has “some wood to chop."

“I won’t rule out going back to government, but I don’t need another title,” he said. “If I’m asked to do something where I think I can have a real impact — after being governor, that’s what you’re going to want — then I’d consider doing it.”

Christie, who dropped out of the 2016 presidential race after the New Hampshire primary, was one of President Trump’s earliest supporters. He has, however, been nominated for no positions in the Trump administration.

Christie’s term as governor concludes in January.

In July, polls showed he had the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country over the past 20 years, and the state is largely expected to flip blue.