Despite all his pandering to Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie failed to grab the much-coveted position of vice president — and the reason could be Trump’s favorite child’s husband, Jared Kushner.
Ivanka Trump’s significant other and Trump’s defacto campaign manager, Kushner, apparently shares a bitter history with Christie and has reportedly been hindering the governor’s attempt from becoming vice presidential nominee as revenge for his father, Charles Kushner.
During the time when Christie was the U.S. attorney of the New Jersey, he prosecuted the senior Kushner in a case that made headlines in 2005. The real estate developer was prosecuted and jailed after he pled guilty to 18 felonies — including tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contribution.
He was imprisoned for two years.
And that’s not all. Christie did not just prosecute the elder Kushner, who was a big Democratic Party donor and one of the most powerful men in New Jersey, he also humiliated him in front of the public.
Charles Kushner, who was embroiled in a family feud over business matters with his sister’s husband, once hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law. He then arranged to send a secretly recorded video of the encounter to his sister.
Despite having enough dirt on the elder Kushner to send him to jail without the scandalous videotape, Christie brought the entire encounter to court in an effort to tarnish the family’s reputation.
At the time, Jared Kushner was working as an intern for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau while on break from New York University School of Law. He used to fly down to Alabama every Sunday to meet his father.
Even though the younger Kushner was able to take his father’s business to new heights and took over The New York Observer in the process, the slight against his father was apparently not forgotten.
Last week, CNN reported that Jared Kushner opposed the idea of Christie in the finalist list of potential VPs. Trump puts a lot of stock in his children's opinions on campaign matters.
If really he wanted to avenge his father, he couldn’t have done a better job.
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