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Gov. Christie Reportedly Will Join White House Opioid Effort; Part of Effort Led by Jared Kushner

Governor Chris Christie

Washington, DC, March 28, 2017 — The Associated Press reports that Gov. Chris Christie is expected to join a White House effort to combat opioid abuse.

A White House official said Monday that the governor would work on an opioid task force that will be announced later this week.  The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.

The Governor has dedicated his final year in office to curbing heroin and prescription drug addiction in New Jersey, advancing an ambitious policy agenda.

In February, he signed legislation into law which includes a five-day limit for first-time opioid prescriptions and a requirement that insurance cover six months of substance abuse treatment.

The appointment is one of a series of updates the Trump Administration will unveil later this week as part of the White House Office of American Innovation, a new White House office that will be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s 36-year-old son-in-law, according to The Washington Post.

Christie reportedly has spent the last few weeks working with Kushner, the report said, although there is “reported tension between the two.”

The New Jersey governor had served as an adviser to Trump in the weeks following his election win and ahead of his inauguration.

Many expected Christie to get a high-ranking role, like U.S. Attorney General, after he was passed over for vice president.  More recently, Christie reportedly turned down an offer to be Secretary of Labor after Andrew Puzder’s nomination fell apart.

Further details of the new appointment — like what it would mean for Christie’s last year as governor — are unknown.