New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is reportedly attempting to land a drive-time sports show on New York’s WFAN 660-AM radio station, which has one of the largest regional sports radio audiences in the United States.
Mediaite reported on Friday WFAN’s on-air schedule shows Christie will co-host the afternoon drive-time timeslot with Evan Roberts, a current host at the network, for two days next week. Many suspect the appearances will act as an interview for Christie, who has reportedly been interested in getting into the sports-radio business for at least much of the past year. On Friday, The Record (N.J.) newspaper reported a spokesperson at WFAN said Christie’s two-day stint will be an audition.
Christie routinely guest-hosts the “Boomer and Carton” radio show on WFAN, and in February, WFAN’s program director, Mark Chernoff, told The Record he would consider hiring Christie for the position.
"If he's interested and we're interested, it's worth pursuing," Chernoff said.
In a statement, Brian Murray, a spokesperson for Christie, said despite spending eight hours next week discussing sports on the radio, Christie “will be on the job as governor.”
"The governor enjoys the opportunity to talk about sports on WFAN and is happy to have the chance to do that with Evan Roberts for eight hours next week over two shows,” Murray said, according to a report by The Record. “Despite those eight hours, as always, he will be on the job as governor. As for the governor's future, he appreciates the interest and concern about his next employment from his friends in the media, but he is not concerned at all about it."
That Christie is looking for a new career to pursue following his time as governor is hardly surprising. Christie, who was once a rising star in the Republican Party, is the most unpopular governor in America, according to multiple surveys.
A June poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found Christie to have an approval rating of just 15 percent. If accurate, that would make Christie one of the least popular governors in U.S. history, and things haven’t been improving as of late.
Outrage ensued over the Fourth of July weekend after a photo surfaced of Christie and his family enjoying a sunny day at a beach residence belonging to the state for use by governors. Ordinarily, there wouldn’t be anything controversial about the photo, but the state legislature’s failure to pass a budget led to the closure of all public beaches in the state, including the one Christie was caught lounging in a beach chair on.
Christie’s explanation only made things worse. In an appearance on WTXF-TV’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” Christie said of the incident, “What a great bit of journalism by the Star-Ledger [newspaper]. It’s an incredible scandal, as you know, because they actually caught a politician being where he said he was going to be with the people he said he was going to be with. … they actually caught a politician keeping his word, being where he said he was going to be and, oh my God, what a scandal. He actually was with his wife and his children, and they caught him.”
Christie, who has served as governor since 2010, is in his final year of what will most assuredly be his last term in office.