The former Republican governor of New Jersey says in a statement that it’s “an honor” to have been considered for the position.
But Christie says he’s told Trump that “now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment” and he’s asked Trump to “no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.”
Christie was thought to be at the top of the president’s short list of contenders, and the two had met Thursday to discuss the job.
Trump had planned to replace current chief of staff John Kelly with Nick Ayers, who’s Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. But Ayers decided at the last minute not to accept the job.
No leading contender to be the next White House chief of staff has emerged since President Donald Trump’s first pick to replace current top aide John Kelly bowed out.
Speculation has swirled around an array of Trump associates, but that’s led some to distance themselves from the job.
Trump’s White House has struggled with high staff turnover and attracting top talent.