Christie’s Memoir: Heavy on Kushner Criticism, Light on Gubernatorial Record

WNYC | January 31, 2019 | Politics
The book is called ‘Let Me Finish.’ Matt Katz suggests a better title would have been ‘I Told You So, Idiots’

In his review of Chris Christie’s new memoir, ‘Let Me Finish: Trump, The Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics,’ New York Times book critic Dwight Garner writes that “if you want to read an excellent book about Christie and about New Jersey politics, find a copy of Matt Katz’s 2016 biography, American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption.”

Katz, who covered former Gov. Christie for years and now reports on immigration and refugee resettlement for WNYC, also read Christie’s new book, and he spoke with Morning Edition host Richard Hake about what Christie’s trying to accomplish with ‘Let Me Finish,’ and where it does — and doesn’t — succeed. 

They discussed how Christie describes being closer to Trump than anyone else not in the Trump family. But he says he was denied a chance to be vice president or attorney general, and fired as the chairman of the Trump transition team, because Jared Kushner hates him. And the reason Jared hates him is very Jersey — Christie, back when he was U.S. Attorney, sent Jared’s father to prison for a range of crimes.

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