There was more to the purge of Chris Christie and his allies from the Trump transition team than was apparent on the surface. And it wasn’t just because Christie put the father of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in jail. There were actually sound, presidential reasons for removing Christie, despite his early support for Trump.
From Alex Isenstadt, Inside Chris Christie’s fall from grace – POLITICO:
In the days following the election, Trump expressed deep frustration about how Christie was handling the transition. In particular, he vented about how the governor had loaded up the team with lobbyists, the very class of people Trump had campaigned against, with his calls to “drain the swamp” in Washington. The president-elect also noticed that Christie had stocked his team with old New Jersey friends and allies.
There were other issues. Once the dust settled from their surprise win, the Trump team noticed that Christie had done little to vet potential administration picks or to dig into potential conflicts of interests. With Democrats eager to pounce on any early mistake, it was an oversight they simply couldn’t afford.
By Thursday of last week, Trump was telling aides that he was ready to make a change. . . .