In a New Memoir, Jared Kushner Reflects on Dating Ivanka Trump, Dealing With Donald, and Clashing With Chris Christie
, 2022-08-01 15:26:15,
About midway through his presidency, Donald Trump had Chris Christie in his ear. Christie wanted to be chief of staff, according to a new memoir due out next month written by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Christie, Kushner writes, told the president that the Russia investigation was a result of bad staffing and that he would forcefully defend him on television.
There had long been blood between Kushner and Christie, who, as U.S. attorney, in the mid-2000s, prosecuted father Charles Kushner for tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and witness tampering—a case that explored how the elder Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law and sent a compromising video to his sister. (Charles Kushner, who served 14 months of a two-year sentence, was pardoned by Trump on his way out of the door.)
When Trump asked Kushner what he thought of bringing his adversary into a top spot in the White House, Kushner recalled telling his father-in-law that he was fine with it. “I joked that Christie might be better at Homeland Security: ‘If he can close the George Washington Bridge, maybe he could close the border,’” a reference to the Bridgegate scandal that embroiled the former New Jersey governor.
However, Kushner writes that Christie ultimately did not get the job because he was about to come out with a book that trashed the Kushner family. According to Kushner, Christie told the president that he’d called his publisher, offered to return his advance, and asked them to stop the presses, but it was too late. “Ironically, Christie’s petty obsession with using my family to get media attention had destroyed his dream opportunity to rehabilitate his image and finish his political career.” (Christie, in his 2021 memoir, says he rejected Trump’s offer to become chief of staff, to which the former president responded: “That’s not the answer I was expecting to hear.”) When reached for comment about Kushner’s description of events, Christie shot back: “I look forward to seeing Jared’s book end up where it belongs: in the fiction section at Barnes & Noble.”
Kushner’s forthcoming 500-page book, Breaking History: A White House Memoir, portions of which were reviewed by Vanity Fair, details the intricate relationship between father-in-law and son-in-law, and his relationship with his wife and White House colleague, Ivanka Trump. He revisits some of his early encounters with Donald Trump, stretching back to his days running…
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