Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided to hang out his shingle.
According to media reports from the Daily Record and NorthJersey.com, Christie has positioned himself to return to law practice, leasing office space in downtown Morristown, in a two-story brick building on DeHart Street.
And Christie, who left office in January after serving out his second term, is listed as an active member of the bar on the state judiciary’s online database.
Multiple calls to the registered phone number listed on the database were not returned. A spokesman for Christie, Pete Sheridan, declined to comment or to answer questions, mostly regarding whether Christie intends to launch a true law practice.
“Gov. Christie does not have any comment beyond the tweet from 6/4/18,” Sheridan said in an email.
Sheridan was referring to a tweet Christie, who occasionally works as an analyst for ABC News, made that day in response to a Washington Post story quoting former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani indicating that Christie might be interested in joining Donald Trump’s legal team.
Giuliani has become a fierce advocate for Trump. The administration is the focus of an investigation into possible Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election.
In his tweet, Christie denied having any involvement in the Trump defense team’s efforts.
“The WaPo story tonight saying I have been asked to help prepare
@realDonaldTrump for any interview with Bob Mueller is dead wrong. I have not been asked by anyone to do anything of the sort. The story is wrong,” Christie said in his tweet.
Christie had not tweeted since, at least from that account, as of Tuesday.
In the list of questions sent to Sheridan, the Law Journal asked whether Christie is actually practicing law and, if so, what type of law; whether he has any clients; what the transition back to practice has been like; and whether he had to reactivate his license.
Christie was the U.S. attorney for New Jersey under President George W. Bush from 2002 until 2008, when he left to successfully run for two terms as governor. There had been speculation that he would run for president in 2012, but he decided not to. Instead, he ran for president in 2016 and, ultimately, along with a field of other Republicans, lost out to Trump. Before his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Christie practiced at Dughi Hewit & Palatucci in Cranford.