According to excerpts of the book reported on by Axios and The Guardian, Christie claims that the younger Kushner was behind his departure from Trump's inner circle after the 2016 election, writing that he was "still apparently seething over events that had occurred a decade ago". Christie also addresses Bob Woodward's "shoddy reporting", saying it was "not the work of America's greatest investigative reporter".
"Yes", Christie said, without hesitation and to audience applause.
The Times' account of Christie's new book said the former Republican governor and his wife had lunch with Trump and Jared Kushner a day after Flynn left the White House following revelations about his communications with Russian Federation. While Christie maintains that he and Trump have been friends for 17 years, he didn't hold back when it came to criticizing the president.
Without directly naming Kushner, Christie slammed the Trump administration for having a "revolving door of deeply flawed individuals-amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons-who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia".
"The president blew it", Christie said earnestly. As a USA attorney, Christie prosecuted Kushner's father, Charles, for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions, sending the elder Kushner to prison in 2004. "It's one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was US attorney". "He admitted the crimes". 'And so what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor? "You want to know why?' He said 'yes.' I said, 'because he's going to get you in trouble'". "I mean If a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, and videotapes it, and then sends the videotape to his sister to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that?" She promptly turned on Kushner.
Charles Kushner, a multimillionaire real estate developer, pleaded guilty in 2004 to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign contributions.
"I don't think he's a bad person", Christie replied.
Christie quipped, "Well, you know what, Joy, you don't know what would have happened if I hadn't, right?" If you're convicting murderers, it's one thing. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison and served 14.