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Chris Christie says Jared Kushner had him booted from Trump camp in political 'hit job'

Former New Jersey governor takes aim at the president's son-in-law in new book

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) blames President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, for getting him booted from the president's transition team in his new book, "Let Me Finish." Christie says his ouster was a political "hit job" directed by Kushner, who harbors old wounds over Christie prosecuting his father years prior.

What are the details?

A copy of "Let Me Finish" was provided to The Guardian ahead of the book's Jan. 29 release date. In it, Christie reportedly recalls the moment former Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon told him he was fired.

"Steve Bannon...made clear to me that one person and one person only was responsible for the faceless execution that Steve was now attempting to carry out. Jared Kushner, still apparently seething over events that had occurred a decade ago," Christie wrote.

Prior to becoming governor, Christie worked as a U.S. attorney for the state of New Jersey. During that time, he led the investigation of Kushner's wealthy father, Charles Kushner — a prominent Democratic donor — which resulted in the elder Kushner serving 14 months in federal prison on 18 felony counts including tax evasion and election fraud. At the time of sentencing, Christie called Charles "downright evil."

Christie wrote in his book that Jared Kushner "implied I had acted unethically and inappropriately but didn't state one fact to back that up," adding, "Just a lot of feelings — very raw feelings that had been simmering for a dozen years."

But didn't they work together?

Despite their history, Christie and Kushner have both insisted to the media in recent years that they got along swimmingly.

Kushner told Forbes soon after President Trump's 2016 win, "Six months ago Governor Christie and I decided this election was much bigger than any differences we may have had in the past, and we worked very well together."

"The media has speculated on a lot of different things, and since I don't talk to the press, they go as they go, but I was not behind pushing out [Christie] or his people," Kushner added.

In March 2017, ahead of his chairing the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Christie told ABC News that he and Kushner "get along just great," calling his prosecution of Charles Kushner "ancient history."

Yet, according to The Guardian, "the emotional heart of ["Let Me Finish"] is Christie's account of the actions of Jared Kushner."

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