NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was once a star in the Republican Party but left office one year ago as the least popular governor in the state’s history. He faced multiple scandals, a failed 2016 presidential bid and the removal from President Donald Trump’s transitional team, but now he is ready to tell his side of the story with a new memoir.
The book, “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics,” will be released Tuesday and the title alone suggests Christie will be covering an array of topics.
“I think there’s a lot of things to be told from my time as U.S. attorney, my time as governor and then running for president and then endorsing President Trump,” Christie told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell of why he wrote the book. “I felt there were some interesting stories to be told and it gave me the opportunity to answer some things that I didn’t have an opportunity to answer while I was still in office.”
The tell-all heavily focuses on Christie’s time in Trump’s White House and seeks to give some advice to the president on the type of people to keep around him.
Christie tells WCBS 880 that Trump is a “hands-off manager” and it’s vital that the president surround himself with the best people. However, the former New Jersey governor notes that that has not been the case since Trump took office.
“The president has made some mistakes in some of the people that he’s selected,” he notes. “He also listened to some advice for folks about personnel selections that weren’t so great and thirdly, he allowed the disposal of 30 volumes of really carefully crafted transition materials, that 140 people worked on over a five-month period, to be thrown in the garbage.”
He notes that he believes the president may have learned from his mistakes over the last two years, but there is still room for improvement.
In his book, Christie writes about how he was selected to be the leader of Trump’s transitional team and how he told the president that he would only answer to him. However, after about three months that wasn’t the case.
“Paul Manafort came to me and told me that the family wanted to have an executive committee that the transition reported to,” he explains.
Christie writes about how he was initially fine with the idea of the executive team, but then goes into his accusations against Jared Kushner, essentially saying the president’s son-in-law was responsible for pushing him off of the transition team.
Additionally, he says he was told there “was objections from certain members of the family” about him being selected as Trump’s running mate— which ultimately lead to Trump’s selection of Mike Pence.
While Christie’s book may criticize some of the top aides in the Trump administration, the former governor seems to steer clear of speaking negatively of the president, who he considers a long-time friend.
Though, he does acknowledge that President Trump should worry less about making people happy and focus more on running the country effectively with the right people on his team.
Christie's book is expected to be a tell-all political saga with insight in the time leading up to the 2016 election and inauguration. It also provides some insight as to what we may expect in 2020, when he’s certain the president will “fight hard for re-election.”
Though, for himself, Christie notes that he doesn’t have any plans currently to run for president but didn’t rule out the possibility in the future.
“The truth is that it's the only job I'd ever be interested in running for again,” Christie said.
The memoir hits bookstores on Jan. 29 and Christie promises it will be a “no punches pulled and no truths hidden” tell-all.