Christie: Bannon-professed ultimatum conversation ‘never happened’

Christie: Bannon-professed ultimatum conversation ‘never happened’

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WASHINGTON- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he was offered Cabinet positions but turned them down, which contradicts Steven Bannon’s assertion that the governor was never offered a position because he failed to defend then-candidate Donald Trump when the Access Hollywood tape was released.

“That conversation that Mr. Bannon references in his (60 Minutes) interview never happened,” Christie told PBS NewsHour on Monday evening.

In that 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening, former White House Chief Strategist Bannon said Christie’s failure to adequately defend Trump following last summer’s release of the controversial 2005 tape precluded the governor from consideration for a cabinet position. The tape featured Trump making sexually hostile comments toward women in a discussion with correspondent Billy Bush.

The conversation Bannon referenced is alleged to have taken place shortly after the tape was released and involved Bannon telling Christie: “The plane leaves at 11:00 in the morning. If you’re on the plane, you’re on the team.” Bannon said Christie “didn’t make the plane.”

Christie told PBS NewsHour that he: “was there the whole Billy Bush weekend” and went on to explain that he “was offered Cabinet positions that I turned down.”

Christie said of Bannon: “This, I suspect, is his last 15 minutes of fame.”

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