Trump considered running as Christie's vice president, insider book reveals

President Donald Trump shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an opioid and drug abuse listening session

He offered a takedown of reporters during his final interview in the governor's mansion in Trenton when asked about some of his controversial actions, such as hobnobbing with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Jones's jet, hanging out on a state beach during a state government shutdown of state beaches, spending most of a year outside New Jersey while campaigning for president, and endorsing Trump early in the primaries when establishment Republicans were still hoping to take out Trump.

The governor told the assembled lawmakers that the state's takeover of Atlantic City is to thank for recent reports of an economic revival in the resort town. The Republican is giving way to Democrat Phil Murphy, who takes office January 16. He also said past year he has no plans to run for elective office again, including president in 2024, when the job will presumably be available.

"Don't change it", Christie said of the property tax cap, one of his many pieces of parting advice.

"Ivanka told her father that Christie's appointment as chief of staff or to any other high position would be extremely hard for her and her family, and it would be best that Christie be removed from the Trump orbit altogether", the book says. "They're much more of an obsession of folks in the media and the know-nothing academics that you guys call all the time on speed dial, who literally have never done anything in politics". "What was ideal was the effort, the compassion and the focus".

Other numbers that cast a dim light on Christie included only 18 percent of those polled believing he is leaving New Jersey in better shape than when he took office, while 40 percent said he is leaving the Garden State in worse shape than he found it. He also made no mention of his controversial 2010 decision to cancel a long-planned trans-Hudson rail tunnel or the continuing struggles involving NJ Transit, an area that Murphy has emphasized as a top priority for his incoming administration.

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"You heard some really great things that did happen". There were 31 more Democrats than Republicans on the bench.

Senate President Sweeney says the state is on a path to improving the pension system solvency and he wants to give Governor-elect Phil Murphy the chance to discuss what else can be done. "No matter what you think of him you have to recognize what he has accomplished for New Jersey and its residents".

Mr. Christie's popularity skyrocketed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and he coasted to re-election the following year after making inroads with young voters and minorities - groups that had soured on the GOP in national elections.

"Historically, the public's attitude softens a bit", Murray said.

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