New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters, ''I'm not going anywhere,'' as he played down speculation that he may join the Trump Administration, while adding if his ''service is needed,'' he will ''consider the request.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters, "I'm not going anywhere," as he played down speculation that he may join the Trump Administration, while adding if his "service is needed," he will "consider the request." "I am completing my term." Christie said. He added, "If the President of the united States comes to you and asks you to do something, you don't say no before they even ask," he said. "Now I will also tell you that if something extraordinary happens in the world, where my service is needed, I will consider any request that are made, that's not being equivocal about it that's understanding that is what the real world is," he said. Earlier this month two former associates of Christie were convicted for their roles in the "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal, following a six-week trial that served to further tarnish the Republican's damaged reputation. A week after the conviction, Trump removed Christie as leader of his transition team, handing the reins over to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, a former U.S. lawmaker with deep Washington ties. Bridget Kelly, the governor's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty in Newark federal court on all counts. They were convicted of fraud, conspiracy and depriving the residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey, of their civil rights. Christie, has not been criminally charged, but the scandal has torpedoed what was once seen as a promising political career. Christie has denied having had any advance knowledge of the scheme to choke traffic heading for the busy George Washington Bridge, which links New Jersey and Manhattan. Legal experts have said it is unlikely Christie would face any criminal consequences based on the trial testimony. Baroni and Kelly were accused of shutting down access lanes to the bridge in September 2013 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, creating a massive days-long traffic jam to punish the town's mayor, Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for declining to endorse Christie's reelection campaign. The Port Authority, which runs the bridge, says it is the world's busiest, carrying 102 million vehicles a year on the I-95 interstate highway, a major east coast traffic artery.