Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have become inseparable as of late, and it was strongly believed that Christie could’ve been Trump’s running mate. However, it wasn’t meant to be, as Trump chose Pence as his running mate, mostly at the behest of his children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric. Why did they not want Christie as running mate? Because when Christie was Attorney General for New Jersey, he sent Trump’s son-in-law’s father to jail.
Back in summer 2004, Christie negotiated a plea agreement with Charles Kushner, the head of a $2 billion real estate company and one of the most powerful and ruthless men in the state. Were it not for Christie’s investigation, Kushner, a close ally of then-governor Jim McGreevey, would likely have been appointed chairman of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority—a position that would have given him influence over billions of dollars in government contracts.
Kushner was accused, among other things, of blackmailing his brother-in-law—a witness in a federal investigation—by setting him up with a sex worker and filming their interactions. In August 2004, he pleaded guilty to 18 felony counts of tax fraud, election violations, and witness tampering. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison in Montgomery. His eldest son, Jared Kushner, flew down to Alabama every Sunday.
Christie endorsed Trump when no other Republican would, and has stood my his side throughout the race. And now he is left without the VP spot, and didn’t even get a speaking spot at the convention that starts on Monday.