Another day, another potential White House chief of staff turning down President Donald Trump.
Although it was reported on Friday that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the front runner to be Trump’s next chief of staff, Christie abruptly announced that he was taking himself out of the running.
“I’ve told the president that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment,” Christie said, in a statement posted by the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. “As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.”
And again deleting clarifying earlier post, right statement this time – Christie was not offered the job, took himself out of running. pic.twitter.com/hIRUyIcHwh
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 14, 2018
Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey further writes that he had just been told mere hours ago that Christie “was a leading contender for chief of staff” and was about to file a report about it right before Christie announced he was taking himself out of the running.
White House aides/advisers told us this morning that Christie was a leading contender for chief of staff. @PhilipRucker & I had just finished astory. And now Christie puts out statement saying he's declining. So that's how this week has gone.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) December 14, 2018
Before getting turned down by Christie, Trump was similarly turned down by Nick Ayers, the former chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. Although Ayers had reportedly been offered the job by the president, he decided against taking it because he did not want to commit to serving in the position for two years.