Christie Book “Let Me Finish” Blames Piqued Jared Kushner For White House Firing
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sees the Trump White House as a rogues’ gallery of flawed people sidetracking the work of the U S president, according to his memoir, “Let Me Finish,” published by Hachette Books, released in January. Trump employs a “revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons — who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia,” says the senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign. Christie had sought the Republican presidential nomination himself in 2016 before becoming a diligent supporter and surrogate for Trump, but his work with the administration has been limited. Marred by his own scandal as governor, Christie writes that Trump “trusts people he shouldn’t, including some of the people who are closest to him.” His special ire is reserved for Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who allegedly harbors a grudge against him, saying that Trump’s former campaign manager Steve Bannon told him that Jared was relentless in bashing Christie over “ancient bitterness.” As the U S attorney for New Jersey before he became governor, Christie prosecuted Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, for tax evasion, witness tampering and making unlawful campaign donation. Charles served 14 months of his 2-year sentence in a federal prison prior to spending the rest of his penal term in a halfway house. In a hand-written letter, the developer and political donor apologised to his sister for hiring a prostitute to seduce her husband and then sending her a video of the venial sin. “It’s one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was U S attorney,” says Christie. Many in Washington believe that in winning a conviction in that case Christie lost any chance of holding a post in the Trump administration. Helped by 'Newsday' veteran Ellis Henican, Christie has his revenge by portraying Jared as callow, smarmy, entitled and lacking in judgement even as he is cossetted by inherited wealth and shielded by his father-in-law’s authority.