Former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to Join ABC News as a Contributor

ABC News has hired former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a contributor, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

One of the people said Mr. Christie will make his debut Tuesday on Good Morning America. He also will participate in the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Mr. Christie will join Meghan McCain, a political commentator, and Alex Castellanos, a Republican consultant and pollster, as conservative contributors recently hired by ABC News.

A two-term Republican governor, Mr. Christie left office Jan. 16 and was succeeded by Phil Murphy, a Democrat. The news of Mr. Christie’s new job was first reported by NJ Advance Media.

The former governor secured the gig in part because he was a key player during Mr. Trump’s campaign and understands the president’s supporters, one of the people said.

Mr. Christie, 55 years old, has described himself as a longtime friend of Mr. Trump and was an early endorser of Mr. Trump’s campaign after abandoning his own bid for the Republican nomination for president. Mr. Christie served as the original chairman of Mr. Trump’s transition team, but was ousted from that role after the election.

Mr. Trump has expressed support for Mr. Christie since taking office and tapped him to lead a White House commission on the opioid crisis.

During his last year in office, Mr. Christie repeatedly batted away questions about whether he would join Mr. Trump’s administration by saying he wanted to finish out his term.

Write to Kate King at Kate.King@wsj.com

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