Trump picks a new attorney general, and it’s not Chris Christie

Christie coveted the post and was on the shortlist to get it. But Trump picked somebody else to be the next attorney general.

President Donald Trump selected a new attorney general Friday, and it’s not  former Gov. Chris Christie, who has coveted the position and was  a contender. 

The president announced he plans to nominate William Barr, who served as attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush’s administration, to the post.

Christie was one of a few people who remained on Trump’s shortlist to be nominated to become the next U.S. attorney general, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to NJ Advance Media as recently as last week.

The list has whittled down in recent weeks, but Christie — a longtime friend and ally to Trump, a fellow Republican — was still “a top contender” and “checks all the boxes,” according to the source.

New Jersey’s 55th governor long has coveted the position. After Trump pushed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions out of as the country’s chief law enforcement officer Wednesday, Christie’s name emerged as a possible replacement.

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