Christie on Pruitt scandal: ‘I don't know how you survive this one'

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has suggested that Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will likely be ousted over his reported housing rental arrangement with the wife of an energy company lobbyist.

During an appearance on the ABC News show, “This Week,” Christie said of Pruitt’s troubling situation, “I don’t know how you survive this one, and if he has to go…it’s because he never should have been there in the first place.” 

“This was a brutally unprofessional transition. This was a transition that didn’t vet people for this type of judgment issues which I think could have been seen very easily in a lot of these people,” Christie also said.  

Speculation over Pruitt’s possible departure began after reports emerged that he was paying just $50 a night to stay in a D.C. condo linked to the lobbyist representing companies governed by EPA rules. 

Pruitt had also previously been criticized for spending taxpayer money on constant security and first-class travel.

Although the Trump administration has not yet responded to the recent allegations about the EPA chief, CNN is reporting, based on an inside source, that “the lack of responsiveness shows they are not ready to step in and defend Pruitt.” 

RELATED: Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt

10 PHOTOS
Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt
See Gallery
Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the Agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), greets employees of the agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt is sworn in by Justice Samuel Alito as his wife Marilyn holds a bible during ceremony at the Executive Office in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2017.

(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), greets employees of the agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick as head of the Environmental Protectional Agency, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2017.

(REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2017.

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meets with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) (L) in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 4, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick as head of the Environmental Protectional Agency, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2017.

(REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy John R.H. Collison (L) meets with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) to discuss state water issues at the attorney generals office in Oklahoma City, July 29, 2014.

(REUTERS/Nick Oxford)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt in a meeting at his office in Oklahoma City, July 29, 2014. 

(REUTERS/Nick Oxford)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.