Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is reportedly being considered to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to CBS News.
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Two sources reportedly familiar with the matter told CBS News that President Donald Trump is considering Christie — among others — for the vacated position left by Sessions’ resignation Wednesday.
Others reportedly being considered include former New York City Mayor (and attorney to Trump) Rudy Giuliani, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and former Attorney General William Barr.
Barr previously served under former President George H. W. Bush.
After Sessions tendered his resignation, Trump named Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, as acting attorney general.
Fox News reported that White House chief of staff John Kelly told Sessions that Trump wanted him to resign.
NJ.com reported that Christie, 56, has long wanted the attorney general job.
In a 2017 interview with Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” Christie said that he would have even resigned as New Jersey governor if Trump had wanted him to be U.S. attorney general.
Christie, a longtime friend of the president, endorsed Trump during the 2016 presidential election after dropping his own bid for president.
Christie also later led Trump’s transition team in the days following Trump’s election victory. He served as a U.S. attorney for New Jersey from 2002-2008.
The former governor has yet to respond to a request for comment, the outlet reported.
NBC News also confirmed with two sources that Christie is on the short list for attorney general.