Christie: I told WFAN I don't want a job there

TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday he pulled himself out of the running for any job as a sports-talk radio host on WFAN when he leaves office in January, confirming that he is no longer a candidate to succeed Mike Francesa at the New York City station but disputing a report saying he was axed from the field.

The New York Daily News, citing anonymous sources, reported Saturday that station executives informed the brash-talking New Jersey governor he was out of the mix to take over for Francesa, the iconic drive-time host who is set to step down at the end of the year. 

But Christie said in a statement that the story is "completely incorrect."

The governor, a frequent guest host on the station's "Boomer & Carton" morning show, had long been considered one of many contenders for the highly coveted chance to replace Francesa. Christie spent two days last month filling in as a co-host in Francesa's time slot -- a stint the station had referred to as a tryout. 

In his statement Sunday, Christie said he was approached by WFAN management three weeks ago "to do additional shows with other potential co-hosts."

"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 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," Christie added. "I made that clear to them prior to leaving for my family vacation two weeks ago."

Jaime Saberito, a spokesperson for WFAN, told NJ Advance Media on Saturday that the station "has not yet made a decision regarding a new afternoon host, so we cannot confirm the accuracy of the Daily News report."

Saberito declined further comment Sunday.

Christie, 54, did not elaborate on the "other options" he has discussed regarding a job after he leaves office. 

He is in the final months of his second term as governor and is prohibited by law from seeking a third term. 

Christie made headlines last month during his fill-in stint for Francesa when he verbally tangled with a caller named "Mike from Montclair." The caller criticized Christie for the infamous incident in which the governor was photographed lounging on a state beach he ordered closed during last month's state government shutdown. 

The caller said: "Next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat ass in a car and go to one that's open to all your constituents."

Christie responded by calling him a "communist" and a "bum."

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