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CBS News: Chris Christie Being Considered To Replace Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

November 08, 2018 - 9:35 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/CBS News) -- CBS News has learned former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Two sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett that outgoing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former New York City Mayor and President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and former Attorney General William Barr, who served under President George H. W. Bush, are also on the list, which is expected to grow.

Christie served as a U.S. Attorney in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008 and then as the state's governor from 2010 to 2018.

He is a longtime friend of Trump and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign. Christie served as the head of the presidential transition team for several months before being replaced Vice President Mike Pence shortly after Trump's upset victory. He has been rebuilding his relationship with Trump and senior White House officials during the presidency.

Sessions stepped down on Wednesday and in a letter to Trump said he was resigning at the president’s request. 

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