Christie in Talks With CNN, MSNBC for Possible Contributor Deals After Term Ends

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.) is in talks with both CNN and MSNBC about possible contributor deals after he leaves office in January, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

"Yes. They are talking about a possible deal," an NBC source told CNN on Friday.

"He's not really too far down with anything," said another source with knowledge of the talks, who added that Christie has received interest from television networks and other places, such as law firms.

One reason these talks have not yet materialized is because under New Jersey ethics rules, Christie cannot get too far into negotiations with the cable news networks while in office.

Another source told CNN that Christie is not in talks with Fox News. CNN declined to comment on the matter.

Christie's spokesperson, Brian Murray, said he was not going to discuss the governor's future career plans.

"He has not discussed publicly what he plans or wants to do," Murray said.

New Jersey term limits prevent Christie from running for governor again after January.

This is not the first time that Christie has been in the news about his next step after office. The New York Daily News reported last month that he was no longer a candidate to replace radio host Mike Francesa on WFAN.

Christie auditioned for the gig but later released a statement last month saying he declined the job.

"After considering the other options that I have been presented with for post-gubernatorial employment, I declined their request to do additional shows," he said. "I made station executives aware that while I would be happy to continue to fill in for [WFAN morning show co-host] Boomer Esiason 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. I made that clear to them prior to leaving for my family vacation two weeks ago."

Charles Russell

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Charles Russell is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. Before joining the Beacon he worked at America Rising and has spent several years on multiple campaigns. Charles can be reached at russell@freebeacon.com, his twitter handle is @charleswrussell.

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