Unpopular governor and Trump-sycophant-in-chief Chris Christie may no longer be in charge of the president-elect’s transition team, but his influence lingers on in the choice of Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, charges the Sierra Club.
The environmentalist group’s Jeff Tillet recently issued a reminder that Christie’s tight relationship with Tillerson cost New Jersey both environmentally and financially when the governor accepted less than $225 million from Exxon as compensation for the company’s damage to the state’s environment and natural resources assessed at more than $8.9 billion.
According to the Observer [owned by Trump’s son-in-law], “Public Strategies Impact, the firm that represents Exxon’s interests in New Jersey, donated $50,000 to “America Leads,” a super PAC supporting Christie’s presidential campaign, according to federal campaign finance filings released in July of that year. The group also gave $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association in May 2014.” Christie accepted the small settlement in 2015.
Thus, said Tittle, it is “not a surprise an Exxon CEO is Trump’s pick for Secretary of State because Christie headed Trump’s Transition Team.”