January 31, 2019
Chris Christie’s new book joins the throng of post-Trump tell-alls
by Simon Reichley
Remember Chris Christie? Former governor of New Jersey? Ran for president? Was head of the transition team for Donald Trump?
Not ringing any bells? Well, now you can get a refresher on the life and times of the least popular governor in the history of New Jersey, as Christie has become the latest Trump-affiliate to pen a political memoir after being cast aside by the administration. His effort, titled Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics, joins the ever-growing ranks of post-Trump tell-alls, a genre including James Comey‘s A Higher Loyalty, Cliff Sims‘s forthcoming Team of Vipers, Corey Lewandowski‘s Let Trump Be Trump, and Sean Spicer‘s “bumbling effort at gaslighting Americans,” The Briefing.
Christie’s tome is a little late to the party. He hasn’t worked for the administration since late 2016, when the Bridgegate scandal threatened to destroy Christie’s career, though he has served as chairman of Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. One might generously assume that Christie has been taking time to reflect on the historical significance of the Trump campaign, or to hone his analysis of the cultural, demographic, and economic factors which led to Trump’s election.
Nope! He’s been stewing over Jared Kushner‘s successful attempt to oust him from the administration, and sharpening his knives for Steve Bannon. According to reviews in the New York Times and The Guardian, the book strikes a pose unique among its peers. Like Team of Vipers and A Higher Loyalty, it exposes the profound dysfunction and venality of the Trump administration. But unlike Comey and Sims, Christie maintains a puzzling affection for Trump, and a seeming desire to return to the fold.
As has been well documented, Trump’s presidency has been defined by the record-setting turnover in his administration, which suggests this new publishing category has a bright future.
Simon Reichley is the Director of Operations and Rights Manager at Melville House.