New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Wants to Lead the Republican National Committee

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has his eyes set on the top job at the Republican National Committee (RNC) after the conviction of two former associates dampened his chances of a Cabinet slot in the Trump administration.

Christie, who was ousted as head of the Presidential Transition Team earlier this month, has discussed with Trump officials his interest in taking the reins at the RNC, which has been leaderless since Reince Priebus left to serve as White House Chief of Staff, according to Politico.

Word of Christie’s moves to filll Priebus’ shoes comes just days after he insisted that he would complete his term as Garden State governor, which ends on January 18, 2018.

“For some reason, people think I’m equivocal about this, and I’m not … I will continue my term,” Christie told reporters on Tuesday.

Christie then qualified his statement.

“Now, I said this on the radio last week and somebody said it was equivocal, because I said if the president of the United States comes to you and asks you to do something, you don’t say no before they ask.”

If Christie were to take the position, it would not be the first time a sitting governor served as chairman of the RNC.

In 2001, then-Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia led the committee for about 10 months.

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