Chris Christie speaks onstage at Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Report: Chris Christie being considered to replace Jeff Sessions

November 08, 2018 - 10:14 am
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Reports say former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being considered to fill Jeff Sessions' role as Attorney General.

CBS News reports Christie could get the gig after Sessions announced his resignation on Wednesday.

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The president had apparently been angry with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, which led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Instead of naming Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to replace Sessions on an interim basis, President Trump chose Sessions' Chief of Staff Matthew Whittaker.

Christie served as a U.S. attorney before being elected governor in New Jersey. He is a long time friend of President Trump.

Whittaker is a person who has openly expressed concerns about the special counsel. Rod Rosenstein, the man he is replacing overseeing Mueller, has said time and again that Mueller is not on a witch hunt, and is by and large thought to have protected the special counsel.

Whittaker released a statement saying he is committed to leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards that upholds the rule of law.

It remains to be seen what kind of relationship Whittaker will have with Mueller.