Chris Christie has been weighing a role in cable news for after his term as New Jersey governor comes to an end, according to a report from CNN Money.
Christie will leave office in January and has been in talks with both CNN and MSNBC about coming on as a contributor, according to three unnamed individuals who spoke to CNN. He is not believed to be in talks with Fox News.
New Jersey ethics rules prevent Christie from engaging in serious negotiations while in office, but he has been exploring his options with both cable news and law firms. Christie’s spokesperson Brian Murray told CNN that the governor “has not discussed publicly what he plans or wants to do” and declined to comment on the speculation.
Murray didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Christie previously spent two days auditioning for a role as an afternoon radio host on WFAN to potentially replace Mike Francesa when he departs at the end of the year. However, in a statement last month, the governor said he turned down the 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. “I made station executives aware that while I would be happy to continue to fill in for (WFAN morning show co-host) 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.”
However, a report in the New York Daily News said it was station executives’ decision to take Christie out of the running.