WH slams Christie plan to purge government employees

WH slams Christie plan to purge government employees
The White House on Wednesday took a jab at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for floating a proposal to fire government employees appointed by President Obama if Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE wins the presidency in November. 
 
“I think it’s fair to say that, if you want to stack up the ethical record of President Obama and his political appointees against the ethical record complied by Gov. Christie and his political appointees, that we’d welcome that kind of comparison,” spokesman Josh Earnest said during his daily press briefing. 
 
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The spokesman was making a not-so-veiled reference to the Bridgegate scandal, in which Christie appointees created traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge to punish a political opponent.
 
Christie reportedly told a group of donors at this week’s Republican National Convention that Trump’s administration would attempt to make it easier to fire government employees. 
 
The New Jersey governor, an outspoken Trump backer, expressed concern that many Obama appointees may try to become civil servants, who are harder to remove, according to Reuters.
 
Earnest acknowledged that such a process exists, but stressed that appointees “in both parties have availed themselves of that process.”
 
The report came on the heels of Christie's speech to the Republican National Convention, in which he delivered a self-described "indictment" of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials MORE for setting up a private email server as secretary of State.