During the election, Donald Trump and Chris Christie seemed to be pretty tight, but when a Trump transition team was assembled, and the President-elect started handing out candidate positions, there was nothing for Christie, and he was pushed out of #TeamTrump. Some were thinking that this had something to do with Christie’s ongoing bridgegate issues, but insiders say that the real reason reaches back to a grudge between Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner (he is married to Ivanka Trump) and his family, and Christie, and there reportedly won’t be any forgiveness anytime soon.
And even though President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner does not yet have a formal position in a Trump administration, he still has a lot of pull as he leads the transition team, says the Inquisitr. But the one appointment that has people scratching their heads is that of Stephen Bannon, formerly of Breitbart News. Bannon is rumored to be anti-semitic, and Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump are both Jewish, which many believe would create some tension in a new administration.
CNN reported that before he was governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie made his chops as a US attorney who successfully prosecuted Charles Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s billionaire father. Charles Kushner was a real estate developer, and major democratic political donor who Christie prosecuted for criminal tax evasion and witness tampering, and Christie was successful.
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But now, ten years later, it is the younger Kushner with the upper hand, and he has a very long memory for what was done to his father, and he is holding a grudge. Jared Kushner is said to have been the force behind the firing of Chris Christie, says Congressman Mike Rogers.
“There are people who are in and people who are out. And the people who have been asked to move on have some relationship with Chris Christie.”
But Donald Trump is denying that there has been any infighting amongst his transition team players.
“Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”
Jared Kushner was still a student when Chris Christie prosecuted his father and made him change tracks, away from studying criminal law.
“My dad’s arrest made me realize I didn’t want to be a prosecutor anymore. The law is so nuanced. If you’re convicting murderers, it’s one thing. It’s often fairly clear. When you get into things like white-collar crime, there are often a lot of nuances. Seeing my father’s situation, I felt what happened was obviously unjust in terms of the way they pursued him. I just never wanted to be on the other side of that and cause pain to the families I was doing that to, whether right or wrong. The moral weight of that was probably a bit more than I could carry.”
The Real Deal Magazine says that the ousting of Chris Christie from the inner circle of #TeamTrump is playing out like a “modern Count of Monte Cristo. Chris Christie is said to have not only prosecuted Charles Kushner, but he also insisted that Kushner be sentenced to three years behind bars. Christie told the New York Times that he wanted to really put it to Kushner because he thought that Kushner “had failed to show an acceptance of responsibility” in the case.
Though Kushner ended up only serving one year, his conviction took him down several notches and prevented him from ever becoming the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a position to which he aspired. Christie put the screws to Kushner to show that he would not be soft on corruption.
“It shows that no matter how rich and powerful you are in this state you will be prosecuted and punished for crimes you commit. This sends a strong message that when you commit the vile and heinous acts that he has committed you will be caught and punished.”
But even though Jared Kushner has put what his father did behind him, he doesn’t seem ready to let Chris Christie have a pass for his part in his father’s incarceration.
“My father made a mistake and he paid a big price for it, but he’s my father. He’s given me everything I have in terms of the skills and the training and taught me about being a man. I feel extremely lucky to have him in my life.”
Do you think this is fair to Chris Christie, or do you understand why Jared Kushner would want nothing to do with him?
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