Chris Christie is not only being driven out of Donald Trump’s transition team, but out of Trump’s inner circle entirely. Word is, Trump is so disgusted by Christie’s handling of Bridgegate (and possibly the fact that Christie is such a shameful ass-kisser) that he no longer wants anything to do with him.
“Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” said a source close to the transition team. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.”
Christie’s former deputy chief of staff was convicted in federal court earlier this month along with former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni. They were charged with causing dangerous traffic tie-ups on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 as political payback for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich not endorsing Christie.
It would appear, at least in the eyes of these insiders, that women with kids getting hurt in politics is the worst thing in the world.
“Trump really doesn’t like it when married women with kids get hurt in politics,” said the source. “Trump was pretty disgusted with Christie.”
Christie’s failure to take responsibility for Bridgegate was the final straw in an already eroding relationship, said a second source, who is close to the Trump campaign.
“She was a factor in the decision because Trump didn’t like seeing her crying,” the source said.
Pay careful attention to the wording in those statements: “factor in the decision” and “already eroding relationship.” Trump and Christie have apparently not been getting along for a while. There had been some whispers that Trump picked Pence for Vice President because he wasn’t just another “Yes” man. The same can be said of Kellyanne Conway, who was able to explain to Trump why polls actually mattered. Both of their presences seem to have made an impact on the once thought doomed campaign.
Christie, however, was ready to bow down and kiss Trump’s ring. He didn’t add anything of any real value to Trump’s campaign. It could be that Christie was so upset that he got nothing for his loyalty that the relationship began to break down, and Bridgegate simply was the final straw. Whatever it was, Trump is more than likely better off without the New Jersey governor.