Report: Christie still in the running for DHS, Energy posts

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still in contention for two positions in President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s Cabinet, sources told NJ Advance Media.


Those sources said Christie is being considered for Energy secretary or Department of Homeland Security secretary.

“The one person who really values what Chris has done, and how loyal he’s been, is Donald Trump,” one source told the news outlet, which added that a spokesman for the governor’s office declined to comment Wednesday night.

Trump shook up his transition after the election, ousting those with close ties to Christie.

The New Jersey governor was demoted after Trump’s win and Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence posts, deletes photo of Trump campaign staff without face masks, not social distancing Pence threatens to deploy military if Pennsylvania governor doesn’t quell looting Pence on Floyd: ‘No tolerance for racism’ in US MORE took over the transition team.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) departed the transition team earlier this month in what an NBC source described as a “Stalinesque purge of people close” to Christie.

Rogers’s ouster highlighted the demotion of Christie, whose loyalty had been questioned, multiple sources told NBC, especially when the governor didn’t defend Trump at several points during the campaign.

It also put a spotlight on the amount of control Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has on the incoming administration. Kushner and Christie were reportedly feuding and those same sources told the network Kushner harbors a grudge against the governor for prosecuting his father in 2004.

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