Chris Christie: Donald Trump and I haven't discussed a potential Cabinet role

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he and President-elect Donald Trump "have not talked about anything" related to a potential Cabinet appointment within the new administration.

"The president-elect was absolutely adamant about not discussing the transition before he was elected," Christie told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview Thursday.

Christie, who has been leading Trump's White House transition team, has served as an adviser to the president-elect ever since he dropped out as a candidate in the Republican presidential primary season.

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Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (L) and Chris Christie shake hands at the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the CNN Republican presidential debate on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the last GOP debate of the year, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining in the polls in Iowa and other early voting states and Donald Trump rising in national polls. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and Donald Trump visit during a commercial break in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and Donald Trump share a laugh during a commercial break in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (2nd R) and Donald Trump visit as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (L) stands close by during a commercial break in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (L) and Chris Christie (R) confer during a break in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 26: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announces his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump, Republican presidential hopeful, during a campaign event at the convention center in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. / AFP / Laura BUCKMAN (Photo credit should read LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, watches as Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the convention center in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 26, 2016. / AFP / Laura BUCKMAN (Photo credit should read LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald J. Trump, left, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, speak to media before a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 26: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announces that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially supports the Trump campaign during a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump get the endorsement of former candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Texas is the big prize in the upcoming Super Tuesday primary on March 2. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump get the endorsement of former candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Texas is the big prize in the upcoming Super Tuesday primary on March 2. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) campaigns for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) during a rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, 2016 in Millington, Tennessee. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
MILLINGTON, TN - FEBRUARY 27: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walk up to speak during a campaign event in Millington, TN on Saturday Feb. 27, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) campaigns for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) during a rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, 2016 in Millington, Tennessee. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
BENTONVILLE, AR - FEBRUARY27: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in an airplane hanger at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on February 27, 2016 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Georgians will vote on Super Tuesday, March 1, for their candidates for president. (Photo by Benjamin Krain/Getty Images)
BENTONVILLE, AR - FEBRUARY27: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in an airplane hanger at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on February 27, 2016 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Georgians will vote on Super Tuesday, March 1, for their candidates for president. (Photo by Benjamin Krain/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, left, and Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, wave to attendees during a campaign rally at the Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. State officials were reporting strong turnout for Super Tuesday balloting, the closest thing yet to a national referendum on Trump, the brash New York billionaire who has thrown out the traditional rules of campaigning. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, right, speaks on stage with Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a Super Tuesday night event in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., on Monday, March 1, 2016. Trump is poised to collect enough delegates in 11 Super Tuesday contests nationwide tonight to give him a firmer grip on the party's presidential nomination that would be difficult for rivals to break. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, right, and Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, arrive for a campaign rally at the Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. State officials were reporting strong turnout for Super Tuesday balloting, the closest thing yet to a national referendum on Trump, the brash New York billionaire who has thrown out the traditional rules of campaigning. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH, 1: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Kentucky International Convention Center March 1, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Trump is campaigning nationwide on Super Tuesday, the single largest primary voting day. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
HICKORY, NC - MARCH 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, talks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, during a campaign rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University March 14, 2016 in Hickory, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
HICKORY, NC - MARCH 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave to the crowd during a campaign rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University March 14, 2016 in Hickory, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie shake hands as supporters cheer at Lenoir-Rhyne University on March 14, 2016 in Hickory, N.C. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
HICKORY, NC - MARCH 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, acknowledge the crowd during a campaign rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University March 14, 2016 in Hickory, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
HICKORY, NC - MARCH 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, addresses the crowd during a campaign rally with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at Lenoir-Rhyne University March 14, 2016 in Hickory, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump (R) depart a rally March 14, 2016 in Vienna Center, Ohio. The six remaining White House hopefuls made a frantic push for votes March 14, 2016 on the eve of make-or-break nominating contests, with Donald Trump's Republican rivals desperate to bar his path after a weekend of violence on the campaign trail. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
VIENNA, OHIO - MARCH 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walk out to speak during a campaign event at Winner Aviation in Vienna, Ohio on Monday March 14, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
VIENNA, OHIO - MARCH 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a campaign event at Winner Aviation in Vienna, Ohio on Monday March 14, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) introduces US presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a rally March 14, 2016 in Vienna Center, Ohio. The six remaining White House hopefuls made a frantic push for votes March 14, 2016 on the eve of make-or-break nominating contests, with Donald Trump's Republican rivals desperate to bar his path after a weekend of violence on the campaign trail. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Republican frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at Trump Tower in New York on April 26,2016 after winning primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. Second from left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump speaks at a press conference with his wife Melania Trump and Governor Chris Christie announcing his primary victory in 5 states: Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters and the media with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie behind him at Trump Towers following the conclusion of primaries Tuesday in northeastern states on April 26, 2016 in New York, New York. Trump again gained more delegates to move him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - MAY 19: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory in Trump's first public campaign appearance in New Jersey on May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The appearance with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a $200 per head event with proceeds going towards helping Christie, a Trump ally, pay off debt from his own presidential campaign. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - MAY 19: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and supporter, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, acknowledge the crowd before speaking to their to supporters at a fund raising event at the New Jersey National Guard Armory on May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, NJ. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - MAY 19: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory in Trump's first public campaign appearance in New Jersey on May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The appearance with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a $200 per head event with proceeds going towards helping Christie, a Trump ally, pay off debt from his own presidential campaign. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and New Jersey governor Chris Christie greet the crowd at a fundraising event in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on May 19, 2016. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Republican presidental nominee Donald Trump (L) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) attend the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on September 11, 2016 in New York City. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attended the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (L), Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) stand together during a memorial service at the National 9/11 Memorial September 11, 2016 in New York. The United States on Sunday commemorated the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Christie's early endorsement of Trump was seen as shocking at the time, given how critical he was of the real estate developer-turned-reality show star when the two were rivals. But the gamble paid off following Trump's surprise Election Day victory over Hillary Clinton.

Christie said he and Trump spoke on election night, "but we didn't speak about me, we spoke about the transition."

Asked specifically whether he'd like to serve as Trump's chief of staff or attorney general, Christie refused to answer.

"I have a job do to help get the administration ready. If there's some role for me that I want to do, and that the president-elect wants me to do — we've known each other for 14 years — we'll talk about," he said, then adding, "Maybe it's host of the TODAY show, Matt. Who knows."

Trump's upset win prompted a wave of demonstrations across the country Wednesday, with many protesters chanting "Not my president" and expressing concern over how their new president may target minority groups like he did during his campaign.

Trump will have a White House meeting Thursday with President Obama, who has campaigned as recently as days ago against the Republican candidate and has labeled him as "unfit" for office. But during a statement he delivered Wednesday, Obama pledged to ensure a smooth transition to a Trump administration.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," he said.

The president's remarks came shortly after Clinton delivered a concession speech expressing hope that Trump will be "a successful president for all Americans," acknowledging a deeply divided nation.

"We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead," she said.

Christie acknowledged the adversarial relationship Obama has had with Trump, who started the "birther movement" that questioned whether the president was actually born in this country but said, "I think that's all past us" and dismissed the tension to "politics."

"What these two men recognize is that now this is about governing and leading the nation and the world," he said. "And they have a lot more important things to talk about besides slights, real or perceived in the past."

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