New Jersey’s Chris Christie considers run for RNC chairmanship

Nudged out of the Trump transition team and dogged by accusations he was aware of politically-motivated lane closures in 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reported to be weighing replacing Reince Priebus as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Neither Christie nor his aides would confirm Mr. Christie’s future plans.

Mr. Christie’s second governor’s term in the Garden State concludes in January 2018, a responsibility he has repeatedly said will be fulfilled.

Barred by term limits in New Jersey, Christie was expected to play a larger role on the Trump transition team and in a Trump White House, but was replaced by Vice-President-elect Mike Pence.  Christie maintains the title of vice-chair of the Trump transition effort.

Sitting RNC chair, Reince Priebus, was selected to become White House Chief of Staff by Trump on Nov. 13.

Christie was also rumored to be a possible nominee for the role of attorney general, but Trump, in his first major cabinet decision, chose Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions instead.

Should Christie seek the RNC chairmanship, he will face a a field as crowded as the 2016 GOP presidential primaries.

Among those rumored include:  Citizens United president and Trump campaign deputy David Bossie; RNC official Matt Pinnell; Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair of the Michigan Republican Party; former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; Priebus loyalist Nick Ayers, Virginia GOP chairman John Whitbeck; Mississippi GOP chairman Joe Nosef.

 

[Reuters]