New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will likely not serve in Donald Trump's administration, but that's not for a lack of effort from the president-elect.
According to NJ Advance Media, Christie, who could often be found by Trump's side on the campaign trail, was offered numerous positions in the imminent Trump White House, but turned them all down. The Republican governor was reportedly interested in the attorney general post, but that job was given to fellow Trump ally Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
Christie was offered several Cabinet-level posts, including secretary of homeland security, secretary of veterans affairs and ambassador to Italy, as well as a White House advisory role, but he reportedly didn't feel any of those jobs were the right fit.
This comes after several sources confirmed Christie will not be heading up the Republican National Committee, a post the New Jersey governor shortly lobbied for. It will soon to be vacated by Trump's incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
Christie not getting RNC chair role, per multiple people close to process.— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1481205209.0
Christie has had a tough go of it in his final stretch as governor of the Garden State. Trump, at least in part, likely chose last month to bump Christie out of the transition team chairman slot, which he had helmed for weeks, because of his connection to the so-called Bridgegate scandal, which Trump adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner once called "kind of badass."
Though Christie has distanced himself from the ordeal, claiming to have no knowledge of it, his former aides were convicted last month on all counts.
Christie's job approval rating is currently at an all-time low. According to a poll from Quinnipiac University earlier this month, only 19 percent of voters approve of Christie, while 77 percent disapprove.