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Christie promotes his book Feb. 1 in New York. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Chris Christie told Trump stories for nearly an hour last night at the Manhattan home of hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen.

What he's saying: Standing in front of 10-foot-high windows on the first floor of a home that resembled a gallery of modern art, the former New Jersey governor said "the thing I’m proudest about" — now that his book, "Let Me Finish," has been out for two weeks — is that nobody he wrote about, some of whom still work in the White House, had dared to deny what he'd written.

  • "They know I know even more," Christie said. Christie pointed at Gary Cohn, Trump's former economic adviser, as he said this. Cohn nodded knowingly.

Later in his riff, Christie rattled off the jobs Trump had offered him that he’d turned down: "Secretary of Labor, twice. Secretary of Homeland Security, twice. Ambassador to Rome. Ambassador to the Vatican. And special assistant to the president."

  • Attendees included Peggy Noonan, Maggie Haberman, Andrew Ross Sorkin and K.T. McFarland.

Christie offered no predictions for the 2020 campaign, beyond saying that he thought Trump was the favorite to win.

  • But he said he thinks there’s a 2% chance Trump decides he's had enough, declares he'd accomplished more in three years than any president in history, and decides not to run.

👀 One thing to watch, according to Christie: Which Democrats will get Trump nicknames?

  • "If he respects you, you don’t get a nickname, because he’s afraid what's going to come back."
  • "So Cryin' Chuck Schumer gets a nickname, because [Trump] has no respect for Schumer."
  • "But Nancy Pelosi's got no nickname. It’s just Nancy. And if she doesn’t have a nickname by now, she ain't getting any."

Go deeper ... Exclusive excerpt: Chris Christie says Trump hired "riffraff"

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.