Christie says quickly borrowing for renovation his decision

The Times' report said that despite Flynn's January 4 disclosure about the investigation to White House counsel Donald McGahn, Mr. Trump brought Flynn onto his team.

Some of the noteworthy soundbites include Christie refuting Trump's claim that the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director is a "real nut job".

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said Monday that he repeatedly warned President Donald Trump against hiring former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump fired Flynn just weeks after taking office, and the former adviser is said to be under federal investigation regarding undisclosed business ties to Russian Federation and Turkey.

Flynn, Christie allowed, could "go on a tour" like the rest of the public.

Christie said he supports the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the Russian investigation - Comey's predecessor, Robert Mueller, a widely respected lawman who served as FBI director under presidents George W. Bush and Obama.

A new report alleges President Trump had contacts with former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn as recently as last month.

Christie declined to detail his concerns when pressed, saying he was not at liberty to discuss classified information.

Christie says quickly borrowing for renovation his decision
Christie says quickly borrowing for renovation his decision

Christie made clear that he did not believe Flynn was a suitable choice.

The hourlong news conference was Christie's last in the governor's outer office, as he and his staff are expected to move to temporary offices nearby on State Street while the executive branch of the Statehouse undergoes about $300 million in renovations.

Christie criticized the lawsuit as purely political.

While he was running the transition, Christie said, "I was not informed in any way about him or anyone else being under investigation".

Addressing New Jersey issues, Christie presented a forceful defense of his administration's policies, even as he declared November's gubernatorial election would not be a referendum on him.

Christie spent a long time first trying to get on the ticket and then trying to get a job in the administration. "That's my job, but this needs to be done", Christie said.

Christie also evidently doesn't share Mr. Trump's opinion that former FBI Director James Comey is "a real nut job".

  • Jon Douglas