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Chris Christie said Friday that he told President Trump he doesn't want to be considered to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff, per the New York Times' Maggie Haberman, who obtained a copy of his statement.

“It’s an honor to have the president consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief-of-staff. However, I’ve told the president that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked not to be considered for this post.”
— Chris Christie

The backdrop: President Trump, who considered Christie a top contender to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, discussed the job with Christie Thursday night, a source familiar with the president’s thinking told Axios' Jonathan Swan.

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