The Jersey Shore should be on the lookout for tidal waves. There is bound to be a king-size splash as a result of Chris Christie getting thrown overboard:
President-elect Donald Trump is so disgusted with Chris Christie’s handling of the Bridgegate scandal that he’s kicking the New Jersey governor out of his inner circle, The Post has learned.
“Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” said a source close to the transition team. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.”
Christie’s former deputy chief of staff was convicted in federal court earlier this month along with former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni. They were charged with causing dangerous traffic tie-ups on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 as political payback for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich not endorsing Christie.
Kelly testified that Christie knew of the shutdown of several lanes of traffic, a charge Christie has repeatedly denied.
The former aides could face more than 20 years in jail.
Krispy Kreme Christie had already been waddling on thin ice due to the more serious crime of suspected soft loyalty:
Tensions had been building for weeks between the two men, with some Trump insiders questioning Christie’s loyalty in the last month of the campaign, when it looked like Trump would lose.
Christie canceled appearances on Sunday shows after the “Access Hollywood” video of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women was leaked on Oct. 7, [a second source close to the Trump campaign] said. He also failed to attend the second debate, and canceled campaigning with Trump in the last weekend of the race, the source said.
Christie was formally pushed aside Friday as chair of Trump’s transition team and the job given to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Having also been skipped for VP in favor of Pence, Christie must have his heart set on a cabinet position. But that isn’t going to happen.
“They want to drain the swamp, and having Christie there is just plugging it up,” [another] source said. “He was tolerated in the past because he was viewed as a kind of nice Tony Soprano. But now that Trump is the president-elect, those days are over.”
Some close to Trump regarded the New Jersey governor as “a stupid thug who really needed to go,” the transition-team source told The Post.
At least in the short run, throwing in with Trump looks like it was a good gamble — but not for one of the very first to do it. No wonder he had that look on his face; Christie must have caught a glimpse of his future:
On a tip from JusttheTipHQ.