President Trump offered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the secretary of labor post when the original nominee for the job ran into trouble, but Christie declined, saying he plans to finish his term before seeking a job in the private sector, Politico reports, citing unidentified sources.

It says the offer was made after the two shared meatloaf at lunch at the White House on Feb. 14.

The reported offer came a day before the original nominee for the post, fast food chain restaurant executive Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration in the face of Senate opposition to his appointment.

Trump later nominated former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta to the post, announcing his choice before the start of last week's free-wheeling presidential news conference.

Politico described its sources for the offer as "four people close to Trump who were briefed on the conversation." It said "two people close to Trump" provided the detail about Christie's plans to enter the private sector, something he has hinted at while by expressing an interest in a job in sports radio in New York City.

Politico said neither the White House nor Christie's office responded to requests for comment.