As President-Elect Trump begins organizing his administration, an epic drama is unfolding on top of the Trump Tower. A leader of Trump’s transition is Jared Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter. President-Elect Trump’s son-in-law has had a very important role behind the scenes in the campaign and was the de-facto chair for some time.
Another prominent figure in the transition team is the former governor of New Jersey and former Republican candidate, Chris Christie. Christie was one of the first people to endorse Trump for president and has had a prominent role as a campaign surrogate since.
Christie was the chair of the Trump transition team immediately after the election but was fired on November 10 and replaced by Vice-President Elect, Mike Pence. Christie still has a minor post on the team. Soon afterward, Jared Kushner began to fire members of the transition team who were close to Chris Christie. These included former Michigan Congressman, Mike Rogers.
So where did Jared Kushner’s feud with Governor Christie come from?
In 2004, Governor Christie who was then a US attorney for New Jersey brought charges against Charles Kushner, Jared’s father. Charles Kushner pled guilty to tax evasions and was sentenced to two years in prison. The entire Kushner family including Jared Kushner has been opposed to Governor Christie. Some sources say that Jared Kushner sees the transition as a way to get revenge on Governor Christie.