Christie turned down Labor secretary job: report

Christie turned down Labor secretary job: report
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President Trump offered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) the job of Labor secretary after a lunch meeting last week, Politico reported on Wednesday.

The offer came as previous Labor secretary pick Andrew Puzder’s nomination was in jeopardy. He eventually withdrew from consideration, and Trump quickly tapped Alexander Acosta for the job.

Christie, who backed Trump’s presidential bid early on, served as the head of the president’s transition team until November, when he was replaced by Vice President Pence.

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Still, the New Jersey governor and former GOP presidential candidate has been the frequent subject of rumors that he could be tapped for a post in the Trump administration.

In an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly earlier this month, Christie said he was not offered a job in Trump’s administration that would have made him consider leaving his current post as governor.

“The fact is that I wanted to be the governor of New Jersey, and if the president had offered me something that really was compelling me to get to Washington, I would have made the sacrifice to do it,” Christie said.

And while he ultimately turned down the Labor secretary offer, that position was one of several jobs Trump has offered to Christie, according to Politico.

Christie has instead been forthcoming about his intention to work in the private sector after his gubernatorial term ends next year. Reports surfaced on Wednesday that Christie was being considered to succeed longtime sports talk radio host Mike Francesa as the host of one of the country’s top sports radio shows.