After having so far failed to secure a position in Trump's administration, it looks like New Jersey's governor is still focused on doing what he can to get out of New Jersey.
Although Chris Christie has said on more than one occasion that he intends to finish his gubernatorial term — a claim met with skepticism as rumors flew that he was lobbying for attorney general or another Cabinet post — he’s now reportedly seeking chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.
That post is being vacated by Reince Priebus, who will be Trump’s chief of staff.
Christie was an early supporter of Trump who was initially rewarded by heading the president-elect’s transition team, but he was replaced in that role by vice president-elect Mike Pence. While no official reason was given, speculation ranged from the fallout from the Bridgegate scandal to a clash with the father of Trump’s son-in-law—whom Christie had sent to prison while a prosecutor—to Trump’s personal irritation at the governor’s attempts to steal his spotlight.
Additionally, the continuing fallout from Bridgegate would make it more difficult to appoint Christie to a Cabinet post, as they require Senate confirmation. The RNC post, however, requires only the approval of the committee, which traditionally rubberstamps the president’s choice (although so far nothing has been traditional in this campaign).
“The RNC chair doesn’t require Senate confirmation, which means he [Christie] does not have to talk about Bridgegate for two weeks,” Matthew Hale, a political scientist at Seton Hall University, told the Observer.