Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is reportedly on the short list for his backup dream job.
President Trump is considering Christie for attorney general after Jeff Sessions forcibly resigned Wednesday, multiple sources reported Thursday. Christie has long wanted the Department of Justice's top spot, and the former Republican presidential candidate may have been at the White House on Thursday to discuss it, per CNN's Kaitlan Collins.
Trump ousted Sessions on Wednesday after a long and contentious relationship. He also revealed Matthew Whitaker, the former DOJ chief of staff who's publicly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, would serve as acting attorney general until there's a replacement.
Now, Christie joins Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and former President George H. W. Bush's Attorney General William Barr on Trump's short list for the spot, sources tell CBS News. The list is expected to get bigger as Trump meets with more candidates, like he appears to be doing today with Christie.
Of all the potential attorneys general, Christie seems most excited for the possibility. He dropped out early in 2016's presidential race and endorsed Trump, and later said he would've resigned as New Jersey governor last year if Trump had offered the attorney general spot. And other than slamming the Mueller investigation and getting laughed out of a White House job by Trump officials, Christie has seemingly had plenty of time for a new gig since his gubernatorial term ended this year. Kathryn Krawczyk