President Donald Trump has two people at the top of his list of possible replacements for the now resigned attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
Per a request from President Trump, Sessions delivered his resignation letter yesterday, just one day after crucial midterm elections in which the Democrats won the House, but Republicans grabbed more power in the Senate.
Trump’s top two choices for replacing Sessions are former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida’s current attorney general Pam Bondi, according to CNN.
As Sessions was out, his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, took over duties as the acting attorney general until Trump nominates a permanent replacement.
Chris Christie (R-NJ) is a former federal prosecutor who was the 55th governor of New Jersey. He served as governor from 2010 until 2018. He helped chair the Opioid and Drug Abuse commission in 2017.
Christie ran for president in 2016 but dropped out in an election that saw Donald Trump victorious.
Upon Trump’s win over the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, Christie then helped with the transition team as former President Barack Obama made his way out of the White House and newly elected Trump moved his way in. Christie is 56-years-old and worked as a contributor for ABC News after his time as governor.
Christie’s website has not been updated since February 11, 2016. His last update was a thank you message to those who supported him during his run for president in 2016.
Part of that post read, “The campaign is over but the fight goes on. I will continue to fight for my belief that government needs to once again work for the people, not for the people who work for the government. I will continue to reinforce what I have always believed – that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation.”
He visited the White House today.
Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie is currently at the White House; two people familiar with his visit tell @NBCNews that he is under consideration for US attorney general.
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 8, 2018
Pam Bondi (R-FL) serves as Florida’s first female attorney general. She gained popularity when she signed onto a lawsuit put together by multiple states that challenged former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals, a program that President Trump had hoped to end.
Bondi was also active in participating in another lawsuit that would overturn the controversial Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
This is another Obama item that Trump had hoped to repeal, replace, or remove all together. With her being supportive of those two lawsuits, which at one time were both talking points for President Trump, it’s clear to see his support of Bondi if he selects her. Bondi is 52-years-old and has been serving as attorney general in Florida since 2011.
Bondi is a former prosecutor and spokeswoman. She also worked as an Assistant State Attorney, but later resigned when she sought to become the Attorney General in Florida. She has been on Fox News offering commentary as a legal analyst.
She was recently featured in a Tweet by Ivanka Trump for her role/discussion of banning commercial dog racing in Florida.
Congratulations @LaraLeaTrump and @PamBondi for your tireless advocacy to (successfully and overwhelmingly!) help win approval for an amendment that bans commercial dog racing in FL, a State that’s home to 11 of the Country’s 17 remains active dog tracks.https://t.co/7n9vsfas6h
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 7, 2018
“Congratulations @LaraLeaTrump and @PamBondi for your tireless advocacy to (successfully and overwhelmingly!) help win approval for an amendment that bans commercial dog racing in FL, a State that’s home to 11 of the Country’s 17 remains active dog tracks.”
Trump has not made it clear when he will decide who will replace Sessions. He will likely meet with candidates to see where they stand on issues and make a decision after that, but no timeline has been made public.