Despite reportedly being Donald Trump's fast-food fetcher during the campaign, Chris Christie really seemed to want to keep working on the former's transition team, admitting he was legitimately bummed when he was unceremoniously removed from that role and replaced with VP-elect Mike Pence. But per the Week and the Hill, that McDonald's run may have been a myth from the start, and Christie apparently doesn't blame Trump at all for dumping him for Pence—because he thinks it was Jared Kushner's doing. Those reports both emerge from a Politico interview with the outgoing New Jersey governor, who spent nearly three hours dishing with Josh Dawsey on the 2016 election, his state's Bridgegate, and everything in between.
Christie says as he was being fired just days after the election, he had a heated conversation about the matter with then-aide Steve Bannon, and Christie tried to twist his arm to admit Kushner had been the force behind Christie's firing (Christie had prosecuted Kushner's father in 2005 and helped send him to prison). "I asked," Christie tells Dawsey. "[Bannon] didn't answer. But [based on] subsequent conversations I've had with the president, I just don't believe this was the president's decision." And that tale about Christie heading to McDonald's for Trump? Ex-Trump aide Sam Nunberg tells Dawsey he planted the fake story to humiliate Christie. "The sad reality is that it was believable," Nunberg says. Dawsey's entire sit-down with Christie here, including how longtime aides often thought he made "totally f---ing inexplicable" decisions.