As president, Donald Trump said last month, he'd appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.
But now that Trump has been elected, one of his top backers, Gov. Christie, brushed aside a question on that possibility Thursday.
“I haven’t spoken to him about that. What I’ll tell you is, they had an enormously gracious conversation with each other on Tuesday night,” Christie said on NBC’s Today.
“Politics are over now. People have spoken. Time to move to uniting the country,” said Christie, whose speech at the Republican National Convention this summer helped spark a wave of “Lock her up” chants.
With Trump preparing for a meeting at the White House on Thursday, the governor downplayed the former reality TV star’s role in championing the birther movement that questioned the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency.
“I think that’s all past us,” Christie said. Referring to Obama’s response mocking Trump over the birther crusade at the White House correspondents’ dinner in 2011, Christie said: “The fact is the president said a lot of things about Donald Trump at the time that clearly was attempting to delegitimize him. That’s politics, though. … They have a lot more important things to talk about than slights, real or perceived, in the past.”
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Christie, who was named chairman of Trump’s transition team in May, said he hadn’t spoken to Trump about a job in his administration, but didn’t rule out the possibility.
“I am not committed to doing anything in a new administration – or not,” said Christie, whose term as governor ends in January 2018.
But he said the recent conviction of two former aides in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal didn’t cast a shadow on a possible role for him in the Trump White House. “The long shadow was cast long before that,” he said.
Christie stuck to his contention that the trial confirmed his version of events in the scandal. “The same three people I fired in January of '14 were the three people who were held responsible by the U.S. attorney’s office, and that jury,” he said.
Christie fired one person, former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, after the scandal erupted that month. The two others charged in the case – former Port Authority officials Bill Baroni and David Wildstein – had already resigned in December 2013.
When Baroni resigned, the governor – who was not charged in the case – said it was unrelated to the controversy.