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NJ Gov. Christie Aims for Resurgence as Tenure Winds Down

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By    |   Monday, 17 Apr 2017 09:13 AM

In his final eight months in office, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to be attempting to change his public image and repair his legacy as governor, according to Politico.

"I think he feels very good. I think he feels very good at serving out two full terms. He's always enjoyed being out there, being active," said Mike DuHaime, the governor's political strategist.

He is taking on adversaries in New Jersey labor unions and insurers, as well as helping out President Donald Trump, recently spending two days in the White House advising the president. The president often calls Christie at night, according to one administration official.

Christie has weathered a number of issues recently. In the Bridge-gate trial, two of his former associates were convicted in multiple counts of corruption, while he was alleged to have been aware of road closures that were used as political retaliation.

He led Trump's transition team, but was removed after the election. After that, he did not get the attorney general job that he wanted, sources told Politico.

The New Jersey governor is the most unpopular in the U.S., according to a Morning Consult poll on April 11.

However, now Christie's fortunes appear to be on the upswing. He had lunch with Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, despite having prosecuted Kushner's father for witness tampering, tax evasion, and illegal campaign contributions when Christie was U.S. attorney.

His opponents have noticed a change in the governor, according to Vincent Prieto, Assembly speaker and a Democrat.

"I guess you can see a bounce in his step. I guess this is his last year — he's trying to still make a difference and try to make the most of it."

On Thursday at a conference about prisoner re-entry, Christie said he was "getting ready to retire." However, he said he remained engaged in finishing work that he started.

"We haven't had anywhere near a victory on what we need to do here."

An Asbury Park Press opinion piece on Sunday noted Christie's low approval ratings. It pointed out that governors such as Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned amid a sex scandal, had higher popularity ratings than Christie.

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