WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has not spoken to Chris Christie about the possibility of the former New Jersey governor joining his administration as attorney general.
“We’re looking at other people,” Trump said from the White House South Lawn as he prepared to leave for a trip to France. “I like Chris Christie, but I have not talked to him about it.”
Politico reported Thursday that Christie was on the potential short list to assume the position after other contenders bowed out.
Christie was spotted at the White House on Thursday, but Trump said he did not meet with the him.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is also rumored to be under consideration, was also at the White House and was seen heading into the Oval Office with the president.
Christie, who served as a Trump surrogate during the 2016 race, left office deeply unpopular. He then chaired the administration’s commission to combat opioid abuse during Trump’s first year in office.
Trump praised Christie for his support in the 2016 race, telling reporters that it showed the former governor had “good taste.”
Jeff Sessions was dismissed as attorney general on Wednesday.
Trump had made Sessions a frequent punching bag, frequently zeroing in on his decision to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Matt Whitaker, Sessions’ former chief of staff, was named as acting attorney general that day.