Christie tears into ex-Trump strategist Steve Bannon

TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie tore into Steve Bannon Monday night, saying "nobody is going to really care" what President Donald Trump's former senior strategist has to say "now that he's been fired."

Christie was responding to Bannon's contention that the governor was blocked  from a cabinet position for not vigorously defending Trump when leaked video of lewd comments he made about women during the 2016 campaign. 

Bannon told CBS News' Charlie Rose that "Christie, because of Billy Bush weekend, was not looked at for a cabinet position."

Last October, a videotape of Trump making lewd comments about women to "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush and boasting that he used his celebrity status to grope women with impunity surfaced, sending his campaign into crisis.

Bannon said that Christie was told that he was to get on Trump's campaign plane at 11 a.m. to help defend Trump and that "if you make the plane, you make the team. ... He didn't make the plane."

Bannon said Christie's disloyalty was noted in his "little black book."

Christie called the story a lie.

"That conversation that Mr. Bannon references in his interview never happened. Never had any conversations with him," Christie said on PBS News Hour.

And then the governor slammed the ousted strategist.

"I didn't need to convey those kind of feelings to staffers. I was speaking to the principal, to the man who is now the president of the United States," Christie said.

He also insisted he "was there the whole Billy Bush weekend" doing debate prep with Trump.

"Third, I was offered cabinet positions by this president. It was widely reported," Christie continued.

"I suspect that this 'little black book' that Mr. Bannon is talking about, the only one who read that black book was Mr. Bannon himself," Christie said.

"I know that no one else cares about it and now that he's been fired no one is going to really care about anything else Steve Bannon has to say."

Christie added: "I was at the White House Thursday while Steve Bannon was off doing an interview for 60 Minutes."

Christie condemned Trump's language two days after the controversial tapes were released.

In an interview to New York City sports-talk radio station WFAN, Christie called the tape "completely indefensible" and criticized Trump's handling of his public apology. He did, however, say that while he was "not comfortable" with it, "I still support Donald Trump."

Bannon told CBS News that the reaction of Trump surrogates to the "Access Hollywood" tape was "a litmus test" that "showed me who really had Donald Trump's back to play to his better angels."

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