Christie Not Done Yet: NJ Governor To Be With Trump on Saturday
Trump on Friday moved his transition team from Trump Tower in Manhattan to this wealthy Somerset County township, causing debilitating traffic jams on North Jersey highways after Trump’s motorcade shut down the Lincoln Tunnel.
Many observers have been wondering where Christie would be this weekend or what role he will continue to play as Trump continues to shape his administration. Christie last week was demoted from transition chairman to one of its vice chairmen, fueling speculation that Christie was on the outs with Trump.
Trump's nomination for attorney general, for which many believed Christie would be in the running, has been promised to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. The appointment would be subject to U.S. Senate approval.
Christie this week said he has "every intention of serving out my full term as governor."
"I’ve said that from the beginning,” Christie said. “And I have no reason to believe as we stand here today that I will do anything other than serve out my full term as governor and turn the keys to the office over to whoever you select in November of 2017 to replace me.”
Trump also is set to nominate Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.
Possibilities for secretary of state are said to include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who met with Trump Thursday.
On Saturday, Trump was to meet with retired Gen. James Mattis, a contender to lead the Pentagon. He was also meeting with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who lambasted Trump as a "con man" and a "fraud" in a stinging speech in March. Trump responded by repeatedly referring to Romney as a "loser."
Also on Friday, it was announced that Trump agreed to resolve the fraud lawsuits against Trump University by paying $25 million.
Trump on Twitter said he decided to settle because he has to focus on governing.
Trump also called on the cast of the Broadway hit show "Hamilton" to apologize for harassing Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who attended a show Friday night.
Pence was lectured to from the stage by actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, who said “we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
Pence was booed by some in the crowd as he left the theater.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.