If you, like many, have been wondering what happened to Chris Christie’s role in President Trump’s administration, the answer came just a few days ago. President Trump has asked Gov. Chris Christie to take a senior leadership role in fighting the opioid crisis in America. Governor Christie will chair a special commission in the New White House Office of American Innovation. The program is new, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will lead the charge. It will develop innovative solutions to many problems our country faces.
This new appointment for Christie comes with at least two very personal elements. The first is Christie working closely with Kushner. The two men have a history. When the Governor of New Jersey served as New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney more than a decade ago, he helped put Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, in prison for financial crimes. Christie responded to this by saying, “Listen, that stuff is ancient history. It’s over 12 years ago. And Jared and I have worked incredibly well on this issue and, by the way, on a whole bunch of other issues during the campaign.” Kushner also weighed in on the matter, “Six months ago, Gov. Christie and I decided this election was much bigger than any differences we may have had in the past, and we worked very well together.”
The focus on Chris Christie’s new role is an intensely personal priority for the Governor. By all accounts, Christie had a life changing moment when he found out his longtime Seton Hall buddy died alone in a West Orange, NJ motel with empty bottles of Percocet and a bottle of vodka on the nightstand to wash down the painkillers. Christie said in what many consider to be the most heartfelt moment of his presidential run. “By every measure that we define success in this country this guy had it, great looking guy, well-educated, great career, plenty of money, beautiful, loving wife, beautiful children, great house, he had everything.” The Governor went further, saying, “When I sat there as the governor of New Jersey at his funeral, and looked across the pew at his three daughters, sobbing because their dad is gone — there but before the grace of God go I. It can happen to anyone. And so we need to start treating people in this country.” Chris Christie has dedicated his last year as Governor to tackling the crisis of drug addiction.
So it seems that this unlikely partnership between Kushner and Christie has the potential to do what Trump hopes will come from the White House Office of American Innovation:
“One of the primary reasons I ran for president was the need for new thinking and real change,”
Trump said when he announced the new initiative. It looks like he has the right men for the right job.
What do you think about this new program?