Former NJ Governor Chris Christie Declines Trump's Offer to Replace John Kelly as WH Chief of Staff

Update: There is no news, currently, of any incident regarding the George Washington Bridge

Chris Christie, eyeing the box of Oreos across the room

Chris Christie, eyeing the box of Oreos across the room

12/14/18, 7:57 pm EST

By John Corry, photo from CNN

Oh, what could have been…

Earlier today, in response to reports alleging a possibility of Christie taking the job, famed Oreo enthusiast and former governor of New Jersey said: "It's an honor to have the President consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief-of-staff. However, I've told the President that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post."

(UPDATE: Trump announced today at 5:18 pm EST via Twitter that Mick Mulvaney will be taking the job.)

Others reportedly being considered include treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, Mick Mulvaney, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been involved in several controversies of his own over recent months. Trump and Christie traded blows during the 2016 presidential race, with Christie of course bowing out and subsequently pledging absolute allegiance to the Don almost the same day. No doubt, Christie figured that, if anything, the controversy surrounding the president in general as of late, not to mention the Chief of Staff post formerly occupied in this administration by Reince Priebus and more recently John Kelly. Kelly’s departure was announced last week and has since seen some speculation. As if that’s a surprise; this the president we’re talking about, gossip is really all she’s good for (I’m sorry, CNN, but you gotta start actually saying something if you’re going to claim you’re full of righteous geniuses).

If Christie’s relegation means anything it’s likely got nothing to do with any of Trump’s current legal woes…

UPDATE: The George Washington Bridge in NYC is operating without incident.