Chris Christie takes a shot at Mike Pence for bungling White House transition: ‘The country is still paying the price’
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Vice President Mike Pence/Screenshots

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on "Morning Joe" on Tuesday, where he discussed his new book, Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.


The former 2016 candidate who was a primary rival to President Donald Trump before becoming an ally and helping plan Trump's transition to the White House had sharp words for the president's daughter and son-in-law, who remain White House staffers.

"Jared gives the worst advice, the president takes it," co-host Mika Brzezinski said, referencing passages from Christie's book. "These are two spots, Jared and Ivanka, that could be filled with competent people who could stand up to him and give him good advice."

"Or not filled at all," Christie said. "At the end of it what this creates, though, is a difficult situation, which is what I try to describe in the book. I had 140 people working for me at the transition. They worked six months to put together an extraordinary transition plan. And, in fact, when both plans were looked at right before the election, you had objective people saying our plan was even ahead of where Hillary and her plan and her team was. We put together this extraordinary thing. And because a couple of people decide they want to be in charge—Jared, Steve Bannon and Rick Dearborn—they throw all that work out."

The decision to dump him in favor of vice president-elect Mike Pence has caused chaos, Christie claimed.

"The country's still paying the price for that because you cannot put this thing together in 71 days," he said. "Especially when you've never been in government before. So all those decisions come back to the detriment of the president and more importantly to the detriment of the country. We still have desks empty in places and things that should be being done are not being done."

Watch the clip below.