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Christie Talks to CNN, MSNBC on Contributor Deal, CNN Says

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By    |   Saturday, 09 Sep 2017 01:49 PM

Chris Christie has had conversations with CNN and MSNBC about possible contributor deals after his term as New Jersey governor ends, CNN reported, while saying the network itself was declining to comment.

Christie previously auditioned to replace WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa but is no londer being considered, The New York Daily News reported last month. 

"The suits searching for Francesa's replacement have informed the New Jersey governor his Gasbag services will not be needed," the Daily News said

CNN said its report on contributor deals was based on three sources with knowledge of the talks.

"Yes. They are talking about a possible deal," an NBC source said, per CNN, but an NBC spokesperson declined to comment.

"He's not really too far down with anything," another source said.

Christie is not in talks with Fox News, CNN said, based on a separate source with knowledge of the situation.

Christie can't get too far in negotiations with the networks while in office because of New Jersey ethics rules, CNN noted.

"He has not discussed publicly what he plans or wants to do," Christie spokesperson Brian Murray said, per CNN.

Christie has said that it was he who declined the WFAN job.

"After considering the other options that I have been presented with for post-gubernatorial employment, I declined their request to do additional shows," Christie said per CNN. 

Christie, who also has frequently guest-hosted on WFAN's "Boomer & Carton" morning show, told NJ.com in August that he had been asked "to do additional shows with other potential co-hosts" at the CBS Radio-owned station.

"After considering the other options that I have been presented with for post-gubernatorial employment, I declined their request to do additional shows," the governor said.

"I made station executives aware that while I would be happy to continue to fill in for Boomer [Esiason] when asked and when available, that they should no longer consider me as a candidate interested in any job at WFAN when I leave the governorship. I made that clear to them prior to leaving for my family vacation two weeks ago."

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